- 1 pursue 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 pursue something | + speech to continue to discuss, find out about or be involved in something to pursue legal action We have decided not to pursue the matter.
- 3 pursue somebody/something to follow or chase somebody/something, especially in order to catch them She left the theatre, 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. Word Origin Middle English (originally in the sense ‘follow with hatred’): from Anglo-Norman French pursuer, from an alteration of Latin prosequi
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BrE BrE//pəˈsjuː//; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsuː//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pursue
BrE BrE//pəˈsjuː//; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsuː//he / she / it pursues
BrE BrE//pəˈsjuːz//; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsuːz//past simple pursued
BrE BrE//pəˈsjuːd//; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsuːd//past participle pursued
BrE BrE//pəˈsjuːd//; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsuːd//-ing form pursuing
BrE BrE//pəˈsjuːɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsuːɪŋ//