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Definition of pursue verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pursue
    he / she / it pursues
    past simple pursued
    -ing form pursuing
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  1. 1pursue something to do something or try to achieve something over a period of time to pursue a goal/an aim/an objective We intend to pursue this policy with determination. She wishes to pursue a medical career.
  2. 2to continue to discuss, find out about, or be involved in something pursue something + speech to pursue legal action We have decided not to pursue the matter.
  3. 3pursue somebody/something to follow or chase someone or something, especially in order to catch them She left the theater, hotly pursued by the press. Police pursued the car at high speed. Jake has been pursuing her (= trying to have a relationship with her) for months.
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