Definition of pursuit in English:

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Pronunciation: /pərˈso͞ot/


1The action of following or pursuing someone or something: the cat crouched in the grass in pursuit of a bird those whose business is the pursuit of knowledge
More example sentences
  • 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.
striving toward, quest after/for, search for;
aim, goal, objective, dream
1.1A bicycle race in which competitors start from different parts of a track and attempt to overtake one another.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 [with modifier] (often pursuits) An activity of a specified kind, especially a recreational or athletic one: a whole range of leisure pursuits
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  • Kids went roller skating, played in the Jungle Tumble Land, had arts and crafts lessons and a host of other sporting and fun pursuits including football, tennis, badminton and basketball.
  • The officers use sport as a tool to engage young people in active recreation and leisure pursuits and facilities at the level to suit their needs.
  • This might be an opportune time to explore or return to hobbies, leisure activities or career pursuits.
activity, hobby, pastime, diversion, recreation, relaxation, divertissement, amusement;
occupation, trade, vocation, business, work, job, employment


give pursuit

(Of a person, animal, or vehicle) start to chase another.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with pursuit

acute, argute, astute, beaut, Beirut, boot, bruit, brut, brute, Bute, butte, Canute, cheroot, chute, commute, compute, confute, coot, cute, depute, dilute, dispute, flute, galoot, hoot, impute, jute, loot, lute, minute, moot, newt, outshoot, permute, pollute, recruit, refute, repute, route, salute, Salyut, scoot, shoot, Shute, sloot, snoot, subacute, suit, telecommute, Tonton Macoute, toot, transmute, undershoot, uproot, Ute, volute

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Syllabification: pur·suit

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