pursue

Definitions

  • Clarke being pursued by the Indians
    Clarke being pursued by the Indians
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pursue go in search of or hunt for "pursue a hobby"
    • v pursue follow in or as if in pursuit "The police car pursued the suspected attacker","Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life"
    • v pursue carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in "She pursued many activities","They engaged in a discussion"
    • v pursue carry further or advance "Can you act on this matter soon?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Pursued by a Pack of Ravenous Wolves 271 Pursued by a Pack of Ravenous Wolves 271
Peter is pursued by three men Peter is pursued by three men
Closely pursued by the Dog, who overwhelmed her with bites, blows and kicks Closely pursued by the Dog, who overwhelmed her with bites, blows and kicks

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Steve McQueen persuaded his karate teacher, kickboxing champion Chuck Norris, to pursue acting.
    • Pursue (Law) To follow a matter judicially, as a complaining party; to act as a prosecutor.
    • Pursue To follow as an example; to imitate.
    • Pursue To follow with a view to overtake; to follow eagerly, or with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare. "We happiness pursue ; we fly from pain.""The happiness of men lies in purswing ,
      Not in possessing."
    • Pursue To follow with enmity; to persecute; to call to account. "The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have pursued me, they shall pursue you also."
    • Pursue To go in pursuit; to follow. "The wicked flee when no man pursueth .""Men hotly pursued after the objects of their ambition."
    • Pursue To go on; to proceed, especially in argument or discourse; to continue. "I have, pursues Carneades, wondered chemists should not consider."
    • Pursue To proceed along, with a view to some and or object; to follow; to go in; as, Captain Cook pursued a new route; the administration pursued a wise course.
    • Pursue To prosecute; to be engaged in; to continue. "Insatiate to pursue vain war."
    • Pursue To seek; to use or adopt measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law. "The fame of ancient matrons you pursue ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Chinese, during the reign of Kublai Khan, used lions on hunting expeditions. They trained the big cats to pursue and drag down massive animals from wild bulls to bears and to stay with the kill until the hunter arrived.
    • pursue To follow; proceed along; follow in action.
    • pursue To follow with the view of overtaking; follow with haste; chase; hunt: as, to pursue a hare; to pursue a fleeing enemy.
    • pursue To seek; seek to obtain: as, to pursue a remedy at law; to pursue pleasure.
    • pursue To follow close upon; attend; be present with; accompany.
    • pursue To follow vindictively or with enmity; persecute; treat with hostility; seek to injure.
    • pursue To follow as a principle of action, profession, trade, or occupation; prosecute; practise systematically; carry on.
    • pursue To follow up; continue; proceed with.
    • pursue To endeavor; try.
    • pursue Synonyms To track, hound.
    • pursue To strive for.
    • pursue To conduct, keep up, persist in.
    • pursue To give chase; charge.
    • pursue To seek; endeavor; try.
    • pursue To go on; continue; proceed.
    • pursue To sue; act as prosecutor; take legal steps as plaintiff or prosecutor.
    • n pursue Pursuit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The crocodile is surprisingly fast on land. If pursued by a crocodile, a person should run in a zigzag motion, for the crocodile has little or no ability to make sudden changes of direction.
    • v.t Pursue pur-sū′ to follow after in order to overtake: to follow with haste: to chase: to follow up: to be engaged in: to carry on: to seek to obtain: to seek to injure: to imitate: to continue
    • v.i Pursue to follow: to go on or continue: to act as a prosecutor at law
    • n Pursue (Spens.) pursuit
    • adv Pursue agreeably: conformably—also Pursū′antly
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Quotations

  • Walt Disney
    Walt%20Disney
    “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
  • Barbara Sher
    Barbara%20Sher
    “You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired.”
  • C(harles) P(ercy) Snow
    C(harles) P(ercy) Snow
    “If you pursue happiness you never find it.”
  • Fo-Yan
    Fo-Yan
    “If you seek, how is that different from pursuing sound and form? If you don't seek, how are you different from earth, wood, or stone? You must seek without seeking.”
  • Jim Rohn
    Jim%20Rohn
    “Money is usually attracted, not pursued.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pursuen, porsuen, OF. porsivre, poursuivre, poursuir, F. poursuivre, fr. L. prosequi,; pro, forward + sequi, to follow. See Sue, and cf. Prosecute Pursuivant

Usage

In literature:

Here the painted Indians pursued their game, while watching anxiously the encroachments of the pale faces.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
Nature so coy, so hardly to be wooed, Flies, like a mistress, but to be pursued.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Led on, whose footsteps he as swift pursued.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
He never burrows in the ground, or takes refuge in a den or hole, when pursued.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
You may then pursue your own course and we will pursue ours.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
Cardinal Mazarin, a subtle and intriguing Italian, while he pursued the policy of Richelieu, had not his genius or success.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
They pursue their journey in the night.
"The American Family Robinson" by D. W. Belisle
Surely they will never pursue us here.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Ralegh on his return from France had pursued the regular course.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
The ministers might have pursued either one of two courses.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
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In poetry:

The morning sun was brave and gay
And birds were filling earth with song,
While yet my heart pursued that way,
That rocky hill of wrong.
"The Ruined Home" by Annie Adams Fields
Day after day we think what she is doing
In those bright realms of air;
Year after year, her tender steps pursuing,
Behold her grown more fair.
"By The Fireside : Resignation" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
He rose--pursued--the bubble caught;
It burst--he sighed--then others chased;
And as I parted, still he sought
New bubbles in their downward haste.
"The Bubble Chase" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Whole regions, where they once abounded,
Are now as silent as the tomb;
The birds have vanished,--slain or wounded,
Pursued, by thousands, to their doom.
"Bird Slaughter" by John Lawson Stoddard
Chains of my heart, avaunt I say -
I will arise, and in the strength of love
Pursue the bright track ere it fade away,
My Saviour's pathway to His home above.
"Ascension Day" by John Keble
And quickly with a silent crew
A boat is ready to pursue;
And from the shore their course they take,
And swiftly down the running lake
They follow the blind Boy.
"Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803" by William Wordsworth

In news:

Civil rights leader pursued 'genuine brotherhood'.
Standard Chartered is pursuing a collective settlement with other US authorities after backing down and agreeing to pay $340 million to New York's financial regulator following mounting pressure from shareholders.
There's Kathy Glover, who pursued a business career because she "never wanted to be subservient to anybody--ever".
As Coder 's popularity as a western singer and recording artist grew, she decided in 2000 to "give up the day job" and pursue her western music interests full time.
SU Students Pursuing Elementary Ed Enjoy Option Of Elementary Ed Cohort Program.
Ahmed moved to Hollywood when he was 19 to pursue a career in acting and stand-up comedy.
It highlights critical points to consider as providers decide what ACO strategy to pursue.
To many people, it seems natural to think an elite group of central planners can accomplish more than free people pursuing their own interests.
A former chief of staff to Congressman Tim Johnson is wasting no time showing his interest in pursuing the seat the Urbana Republican is no longer pursuing.
George Zimmerman says did not pursue Trayvon Martin.
The town's consulting engineer is pursuing questions about a $300 invoice submitted by a utility contractor for work on private property several weeks ago.
Syracuse women's lacrosse coach Gary Gait says he will not pursue job at Maryland.
International distribs pursue comedy feature.
Purdy firefighters get go ahead to pursue district.
Follow Peter Drucker's advice: Don't solve problems, pursue opportunities.
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In science:

In order to pursue models of radio-source evolution, we wish to find simple expressions for the average rest-frame spectrum as a function of radio power and Fanaroff Riley type (Fanaroff & Riley 1974) over a wide radio frequency range.
Radio Galaxy Spectra
We do not pursue this here as the ring-theoretic definitions required to state Rieffel’s Theorem 3.25 would lead us too far afield (see [15, §3]).
Clifford correspondence for algebras
Some possible directions to pursue will now be indicated.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
This leads to a slightly more general notion of monoidal category than the usual one although we does not pursue this here.
The categorical theory of relations and quantizations
Here, we pursue the characterization of the symmetry classes for the Dirac Hamiltonians of .
2d random Dirac fermions: large N approach
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