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Pronunciation: /s(j)uː

Definition of sue in English:

verb (sues, suing, sued)

1 [with object] Institute legal proceedings against (a person or institution), typically for redress: she is to sue the baby’s father [no object]: I sued for breach of contract
More example sentences
  • People have lost their jobs over derogatory remarks made in blogs, but can you be sued for libel or defamation?
  • This made it financially worthwhile to sue officers for torts they might have committed.
  • At the time, a wife was unable to sue her husband in tort, so the action was brought by the children.
take legal action against, take to court, bring an action against, bring a suit against, proceed against;
charge, prosecute, prefer/bring charges against, bring to trial, summons, indict, arraign;
North American impeach
informal have the law on, do
2 [no object] formal Appeal formally to a person for something: the rebels were forced to sue for peace
More example sentences
  • It has to stop, and this is as good a time as any to sue for peace.
  • Whoever follows Fred into the hot seat would have no alternative but to sue for peace.
  • She must now advise her boss that, after eight years of war with Labour rebels, it is time to sue for peace.


Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French suer, based on Latin sequi 'follow'. Early senses were very similar to those of the verb follow.



Example sentences
  • Mindful of the massive losses suffered by foreign - and, indeed, American - investors in the American banking system over the last 30 years, the regulators are unlikely to be kind to those who may not be ‘suable’.
  • If you do something illegal on the network then you should be suable.
  • Thus, many States of this Union who have an interest in Banks, are not suable even in their own Courts; yet they never exempt the corporation from being sued.


Example sentences
  • If you are the suer then you can resign yourself to being looked upon as the ‘Bad Guy’, out to harm the company the Jobs built.
  • I think the suers have threatened to appeal all the way to the Supreme Court.
  • Some people say he is an opportunist and serial suer -- he has gone after Disney and Reuters.

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