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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: poursuite, from poursuir; PURSUE

pursuit

noun
     
pur‧suit
1 [uncountable] when someone tries to get, achieve, or find something in a determined way [↪ pursue]
pursuit of
the pursuit of liberty and happiness
the pursuit of war criminals
in (the) pursuit of something
People are having to move to other areas in pursuit of work.
2 [uncountable] when someone chases or follows someone else [↪ pursue]
in pursuit
There were four police cars in pursuit.
The quarterback sprinted toward the end zone with Jansen in hot pursuit (=following closely behind).
3 [countable usually plural] formal an activity such as a sport or hobby, which you spend a lot of time doing:
pursuits such as swimming and tennis

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