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Definition of sue verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sue

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//suː//
     
    , also BrE//sjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//suː//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sue
    BrE BrE//suː//
     
    , also BrE//sjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//suː//
     
    he / she / it sues
    BrE BrE//suːz//
     
    , BrE//sjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːz//
     
    past simple sued
    BrE BrE//suːd//
     
    , BrE//sjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːd//
     
    past participle sued
    BrE BrE//suːd//
     
    , BrE//sjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//suːd//
     
    -ing form suing
    BrE BrE//ˈsuːɪŋ//
     
    , BrE//ˈsjuːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːɪŋ//
     
    Legal processes
     
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] sue (somebody) (for something) to make a claim against somebody in court about something that they have said or done to harm you to sue somebody for breach of contract to sue somebody for $10 million (= in order to get money from somebody) to sue somebody for damages They threatened to sue if the work was not completed. He threatened to sue the company for negligence. The water authority was successfully sued over his illness. See related entries: Legal processes
  2. 2[intransitive] sue for something (formal) to formally ask for something, especially in court to sue for divorce The rebels were forced to sue for peace.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French suer, based on Latin sequi ‘follow’. Early senses were very similar to those of the verb follow.
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