WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
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-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
pur•sue  (pər so̅o̅),USA pronunciation v.,  -sued, -su•ing. 
  1. to follow in order to overtake, capture, kill, etc.;
  2. to follow close upon;
    go with;
    attend:Bad luck pursued him.
  3. to strive to gain;
    seek to attain or accomplish (an end, object, purpose, etc.).
  4. to proceed in accordance with (a method, plan, etc.).
  5. to carry on or continue (a course of action, a train of thought, an inquiry, studies, etc.).
  6. to continue to annoy, afflict, or trouble.
  7. to practice (an occupation, pastime, etc.).
  8. to continue to discuss (a subject, topic, etc.).
  9. to follow:They pursued the river to its source. I felt their eyes pursuing me.
  10. to continue;
    go on with (one's course, a journey, etc.).

  1. to follow in pursuit.
  2. to continue.
pur•sua•ble, adj. 
  • Anglo-French pursuer Latin prōsequī to pursue, follow, continue. See pro-1, sue, prosecute
  • Middle English pursuen 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trail, hunt.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dog.

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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