AskDefine | Define pursue

Dictionary Definition



1 carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion" [syn: prosecute, engage]
2 follow in or as if in pursuit; "The police car pursued the suspected attacker"; "Her bad deed followed her and haunted her dreams all her life" [syn: follow]
3 go in search of or hunt for; "pursue a hobby" [syn: quest for, go after, quest after]
4 carry further or advance; "Can you act on this matter soon?" [syn: follow up on, act on]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To follow urgently, usually with the intent of capture.

See also


to follow urgently
  • Arabic: لاحق
  • Chinese: 追求 (zhuīqiú)
  • Czech: pronásledovat
  • Dutch: achtervolgen
  • Finnish: ajaa takaa
  • French: poursuivre
  • German: verfolgen
  • Hungarian: folytatni
  • Italian: perseguire
  • Japanese: 追跡する (ついせきする, tsuiseki suru)
  • Korean: 뒤쫓다
  • Polish: ścigać
  • Portuguese: perseguir
  • Russian: преследовать
  • Serbian: гонити (goniti)
  • Spanish: perseguir
  • Swedish:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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