- 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 knowledgeMore 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.
- 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 championMore 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.More 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.
- 2An activity of a specified kind, especially a recreational or sporting one: a whole range of leisure pursuitsMore example sentences
- 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.
- (Of a person, animal, or vehicle) start to chase another: three cavalry companies gave pursuitMore 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'.