June 03, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
pursue /pɚˈsuː/ Brit /pəˈsjuː/ verb
pursue
/pɚˈsuː/ Brit /pəˈsjuː/
verb

pursues; pursued; pursuing

A police car pursuing another car on the highway
A police car pursuing another car on the highway
Learner's definition of PURSUE

[+ object]

1 : to follow and try to catch or capture (someone or something) for usually a long distance or time

  • Hounds pursued the fox for miles.

  • The criminal is being pursued by police.

2 : to try to get or do (something) over a period of time

  • He chose to pursue a college degree.

  • She wants to pursue a legal career.

3 : to be involved in (an activity)

  • pursue a hobby

4 : to move along (a course)

  • The ship pursued [=followed] a northerly course.

5 : to make an effort to find out more about (something)

  • I'll be meeting with my lawyer to pursue this matter further.

  • My associate is interested in pursuing the case.

pursuer noun, plural pursuers [count]

  • He changed direction to confuse his pursuers.

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