WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pur•sue /pɚˈsu/USA pronunciation v. [+ object],-sued, -su•ing.
  1. to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.;
    chase:The army pursued the retreating enemy.
  2. to carry on or continue (a course of action, inquiry, etc.), esp. in order to accomplish some goal:She pursued a degree in business.
  3. to practice (an occupation or pastime):to pursue a career in law.
  4. to continue to discuss (a subject):pursued the question of his involvement.
pur•su•a•ble, adj. 
pur•su•er, n. [countable]See -seq-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

pursue /pəˈsjuː/ vb ( -sues, -suing, -sued)(mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to follow (a fugitive, etc) in order to capture or overtake
  2. (esp of something bad or unlucky) to follow closely or accompany: ill health pursued her
  3. to seek or strive to attain (some object, desire, etc)
  4. to follow the precepts of (a plan, policy, etc)
  5. to apply oneself to (one's studies, hobbies, etc)
  6. to follow persistently or seek to become acquainted with
  7. to continue to discuss or argue (a point, subject, etc)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Anglo-Norman pursiwer, from Old French poursivre, from Latin prōsequī to follow after

purˈsuer n

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