Pursue Pur*sue", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pursued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pursuing}.] [OE. pursuen, porsuen, OF. porsivre, poursuivre, poursuir, F. poursuivre, fr. L. prosequi; pro forward + sequi to follow. See {Sue}, and cf. {Prosecute}, {Pursuivant}.] 1. To follow with a view to overtake; to follow eagerly, or with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare. [1913 Webster]

We happiness pursue; we fly from pain. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

The happiness of men lies in purswing, Not in possessing. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. To seek; to use or adopt measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law. [1913 Webster]

The fame of ancient matrons you pursue. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

4. To prosecute; to be engaged in; to continue. `` Insatiate to pursue vain war.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To follow as an example; to imitate. [1913 Webster]

6. To follow with enmity; to persecute; to call to account. [1913 Webster]

The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have pursued me, they shall pursue you also. --Wyclif (John xv. 20). [1913 Webster]

Syn: To follow; chase; seek; persist. See {Follow}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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