Definition of pursuit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈsjuːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsuːt//
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  1. 1[uncountable] pursuit of something the act of looking for or trying to find something the pursuit of happiness/knowledge/profit She travelled the world in pursuit of her dreams.
  2. 2[uncountable] the act of following or chasing somebody We drove away with two police cars in pursuit (= following). I galloped off on my horse with Rosie in hot pursuit (= following quickly behind).
  3. 3[countable, usually plural] something that you give your time and energy to, that you do as a hobby synonym hobby, pastime outdoor/leisure/artistic pursuits
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French purseute ‘following after’, from pursuer, from an alteration of Latin prosequi ‘prosecute’. Early senses included ‘persecution, annoyance’ and in legal contexts ‘petition, prosecution’.Extra examples Away ran the fox, with the hunters in hot pursuit. He devoted his waking hours to the single-minded pursuit of his goal. He is engaged in the ruthless pursuit of pleasure. She has time now to follow her various artistic pursuits. The guard set off in pursuit of the thief. The police gave pursuit. Two boys ran past with a security guard in pursuit. active leisure pursuits people leaving their homes in pursuit of work people travelling around the country in pursuit of work the endless pursuit of wealth I galloped off on my horse with Rosie in hot pursuit. She moved to the US in pursuit of a movie career. The purpose of the award is to encourage the pursuit of excellence. They shared the same love of horses, fresh air and country pursuits. We drove away with two police cars in pursuit.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pursuit