Definition of pursuit in English:


Line breaks: pur|suit
Pronunciation: /pəˈsjuːt


  • 1 [mass noun] The action of pursuing someone or something: the cat crouched in the grass in pursuit of a bird those whose business is the pursuit of knowledge
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    • Wayne was in pursuit of a vehicle that had been reported stolen.
    • As such, helicopter borne sections will swoop down on suspect vehicles in pursuit of looters and the illegal oil trade.
    • The vehicle sped off in pursuit of the prisoner and quickly caught up with him.
    chasing, pursuing, stalking, tracking, trailing, shadowing, dogging, hounding; chase after, hunt for
    informal tailing
    striving towards, push towards, aspiration for, quest after/for, search for; aim of, goal of, objective of, dream of
  • 1.1 [count noun] A cycling race in which competitors set off from different parts of a track and attempt to overtake one another: [as modifier]: the Olympic pursuit champion
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    • The track pursuit specialist ultimately wants two more Olympic gold medals but has also been tipped to star in Tour de France time trials.
    • He is among the favourites to win a second gold in the track individual pursuit on Saturday.
    • There are still plenty of individual pursuits to be found in mountain bike racing.
  • 1.2 Physiology The action of the eye in following a moving object.
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    • Unlike saccades, smooth pursuit cannot easily be initiated voluntarily without a moving target to follow.
    • Aging of the extra-ocular musculature results in changes in both smooth pursuit and saccadic eye movements.


give pursuit

(Of a person, animal, or vehicle) start to chase another: three cavalry companies gave pursuit
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  • Calling in their firepower, the 1st Cavalry gave pursuit.
  • Officer-in-charge, Kerry, jumped ashore and gave pursuit while other units saturated area with fire and beached placing assault parties ashore.
  • A cab passenger was held hostage and taken on an hour-long terror ride when a gang stole the car - then fired a gun at another cab which gave pursuit.


late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French purseute 'following after', from pursuer (see pursue). Early senses included 'persecution, annoyance' and in legal contexts 'petition, prosecution'.

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