- the act of pursuing, chasing, or striving after
- (as modifier): a pursuit plane
- an occupation, hobby, or pastime
- (in cycling) a race in which the riders set off at intervals along the track and attempt to overtake each other
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- the act of pursuing:[uncountable]raced in pursuit of the thief.
- an occupation or pastime that one regularly engages in:[countable]literary pursuits.
- in hot pursuit, actively pursuing or chasing, and close to catching up to someone.
- the act of pursuing:in pursuit of the fox.
- an effort to secure or attain;
quest:the pursuit of happiness.
- any occupation, pastime, or the like, in which a person is engaged regularly or customarily:literary pursuits.
- Anglo-French purseute
Vulgar Latin *prōsequita for Latin prōsecūta, feminine of prōsecūtus, past participle of prōsequī to pursue; compare suit
- Middle English 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged chase, hunt.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged search.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged activity, preoccupation, inclination.