• WordNet 3.6
    • v prosecute carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in "She pursued many activities","They engaged in a discussion"
    • v prosecute bring a criminal action against (in a trial) "The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"
    • v prosecute conduct a prosecution in a court of law
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prosecute To follow after.
    • Prosecute To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry on; to continue; as, to prosecute a scheme, hope, or claim. "I am beloved Hermia;
      Why should not I, then, prosecute my right ?"
    • Prosecute (Law) To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses.
    • Prosecute (Law) To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against judicially; as, to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a riot. "To acquit themselves and prosecute their foes."
    • Prosecute To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • prosecute To follow up; pursue with a view to attain or obtain; continue endeavors to accomplish or complete; pursue with continued purpose; carry on; follow up: as, to prosecute a scheme; to prosecute an undertaking.
    • prosecute In law: To seek to obtain by legal process: as, to prosecute a claim in a court of law.
    • prosecute To arraign before a court of justice for some crime or wrong; pursue for redress or punishment before a legal tribunal: as, to prosecute a man for trespass or for fraud. A person instituting civil proceedings is said to prosecute his action or suit; a person instituting criminal proceedings, or civil proceedings for damages for a wrong, is said to prosecute the party charged.
    • prosecute To proceed against or pursue by law: said of crimes.
    • prosecute Synonyms To follow out, persevere in.—2 . To arraign.
    • prosecute To carry on a legal prosecution; act as a prosecutor before a legal tribunal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Prosecute pros′ē-kūt to follow onwards or pursue, in order to reach or accomplish: to continue: to pursue by law: to bring before a court
    • v.i Prosecute to carry on a legal prosecution
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labor tends, and of which every desire prompts the prosecution.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any undertaking.”
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
    “We leave unmolested those who set the fire to the house, and prosecute those who sound the alarm.”
  • Luther Burbank
    Luther Burbank
    “Nature's law affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws, you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prosecutus, p. p. of prosequi, to follow, pursue. See Pursue


In literature:

The struggle was prosecuted with the utmost tenacity for forty years.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
A man at the prosecution table had risen.
"Lone Star Planet" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
Its business is to prosecute vice and to help enforce the law.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
And now all his attention was given to the two or three witnesses whom the prosecution thought it necessary to call.
"The Borough Treasurer" by Joseph Smith Fletcher
Clodius fixed the Quirinalia (17 of February) for his prosecution.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
The county attorney appeared for the prosecution, and old Judge Brown and young Bradley Talcott defended Harold.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
Mr. Clarkson conducted the prosecution, and Mr. Bodkin appeared for the defence.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
The impression created by these prosecutions was, therefore, that the Administration had determined to crush the opposition.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
He afterwards prosecuted his trade in the parish of Crawfordjohn, and in the town of Ayr.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
Why should we continue a war from the prosecution of which we have nothing to gain, they asked?
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander

In poetry:

But for his horrid murder vile
None did him prosecute;
His old friend help'd him o'er the stile;
With Satan who dispute?
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
Prosecuted-- and that's jes what--!
How'd I know which train's fer me?
And how'd I know which train was not--?
Goern and comin' and gone astray,
And backin' and switchin' ever'-which-way!
"The Train Misser" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

The jury in the John Edwards trial asked Thursday for all of the evidence presented by the prosecution and defense teams, suggesting jurors still have a long list of remaining questions before reaching a verdict.
Nine people in Wake County are being prosecuted on felony charges for voting twice in the 2008 presidential election.
Defense attorney Fred McCurry at left listens to the prosecutions opening statement.
And Afghan Allies Describe Web of Corruption but Say Prosecution Stalls.
The case of Omar Khadr was the first war crimes prosecution of the Obama administration, and it could set a dangerous precedent for how mental health professionals are used in terrorism trials.
Be alert to prosecution's moves.
Jeffrey and Rebecca Trebilcock of Longview listen to the prosecuting attorney lay out his arguments against them for abuse of adopted children during a bench trial Monday in Cowlitz County Superior Court in Kelso.
Lawyer Mark O'Mara also appeared to question why the prosecution released the woman's accusation.
Frank Rox, who spent three decades prosecuting companies accused of labor violations, now helps advise businesses on how to fight union organizing efforts as NLRB consultant for Lehr Middlebrooks & Vreeland.
John Edwards Prosecution Uses 'Nightline' Interview in Court.
Did we really ever expect Osama bin Laden to be caught and prosecuted.
Prosecuting a Feral Cat Poisoner .
In opening statements Tuesday morning, jurors heard from both the prosecution and the defense that Terry Messenger stabbed his wife to death.
Federal tax officials are reminding taxpayers to beware of tax- preparer scams, which can lead to significant penalties and interest, as well as possible criminal prosecution.
Do you think the state does an adequate job of seeking out and prosecuting welfare fraud.

In science:

Because we believe that after being pardoned nobody can be prosecuted again for the same crime, and we do not believe in reincarnation, either, our choice is to use self-loops in the terminal states, yielding a “Russian roulette” model.
The temporal calculus of conditional objects and conditional events
Of course, if laughter afforded displeasure the social function of humour would change: the society would try to get rid of it by censorship, prosecution of witty people and so on.
Computer Model of a "Sense of Humour". I. General Algorithm
His disciple Vincenzo Viviani will write, time-after, that then, with the polemic of the book titled ”Saggiatore”, the eternal prosecution of Galileo actions and discourses began.
Dream of a Christmas lecture