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pursue

pur·sue

pursue

 
pronunciation:
pr su
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pursued, pursues, pursuing
definition 1: to follow in an effort to reach or catch; chase.
The police pursued the suspects until they lost them in the crowded subway.The child pursued the rabbit across the lawn.The hounds pursued the fox relentlessly.
synonyms:
chase, course, follow
antonyms:
avoid
similar words:
dog, hound, hunt, quest, run down, shadow, stalk, tail, trace, track, trail
definition 2: to strive to accomplish or obtain.
Don't be afraid to pursue your goals.
synonyms:
aspire to, quest, seek, strive for
similar words:
aim for, chase, desire, practice, woo
definition 3: to spend time doing; work at; practice, as a field of study or a hobby.
He pursued the piano for some time but then switched to the violin.I don't have time to pursue my hobbies anymore.She chose to pursue a career in medicine.
synonyms:
ply, practice
similar words:
perform, undertake, wage
definition 4: to constantly torment or harass.
He was pursued by terrible fears of death.
synonyms:
harass, persecute
similar words:
annoy, beleaguer, beset, bother, harry, hassle, pester
definition 5: to continue to talk about or discuss.
I think we should pursue this topic at next week's meeting.
synonyms:
continue, resume
similar words:
advance, proceed with, recommence, renew
definition 6: to attempt to win the affections of; court.
He pursued a number of women while in college, but few were interested.
synonyms:
court, romance, woo
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to follow someone or something in an effort to reach or catch; chase.
synonyms:
chase, stalk
similar words:
tail, track
derivation: pursuer (n.)
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