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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: pursuer, from Old French poursuir, from Latin prosequi; PROSECUTE

pursue

verb
     
pur‧sue S3 W2 [transitive]
1 to continue doing an activity or trying to achieve something over a long period of time [↪ pursuit]:
She plans to pursue a career in politics.
Students should pursue their own interests, as well as do their school work.
pursue a goal/aim/objective etc
companies that pursue the traditional goal of profits
a campaign promise to pursue policies that will help the poor
2

pursue the matter/argument/question etc

to continue trying to find out about or persuade someone about a particular subject:
Janet did not dare pursue the matter further.
The defence pursued the question of Dr Carrington's state of mind.
3 to chase or follow someone or something, in order to catch them, attack them etc [↪ pursuit]:
Briggs ran across the field with one officer pursuing him.
4 to keep trying to persuade someone to have a relationship with you:
I was pleased, but somewhat embarrassed, when she pursued me.

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