3. To proceed along, with a view to some and or object; to follow; to go in; as, Captain Cook pursued a
new route; the administration pursued a wise course.
4. To prosecute; to be engaged in; to continue. " Insatiate to pursue vain war." Milton.
5. To follow as an example; to imitate.
6. To follow with enmity; to persecute; to call to account.
The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have pursued me, they shall pursue you also.Wyclif
Syn. To follow; chase; seek; persist. See Follow.
(Pur*sue"), v. i.
1. To go in pursuit; to follow.
The wicked flee when no man pursueth.Prov. xxviii. 1.
Men hotly pursued after the objects of their ambition.Earle.
2. To go on; to proceed, especially in argument or discourse; to continue.
I have, pursues Carneades, wondered chemists should not consider.Boyle.
3. (Law) To follow a matter judicially, as a complaining party; to act as a prosecutor. Burrill.
1. One who pursues or chases; one who follows in haste, with a view to overtake.
2. (Eccl. & Scots Law) A plaintiff; a prosecutor.
(Pur*suit") n. [F. poursuite, fr. poursuivre. See Pursue, v. t.]
1. The act of following or going after; esp., a following with haste, either for sport or in hostility; chase; prosecution; as,
the pursuit of game; the pursuit of an enemy. Clarendon.
Weak we are, and can not shun pursuit.Shak.
2. A following with a view to reach, accomplish, or obtain; endeavor to attain to or gain; as, the pursuit of
knowledge; the pursuit of happiness or pleasure.
3. Course of business or occupation; continued employment with a view to same end; as, mercantile
pursuits; a literary pursuit.
4. (Law) Prosecution. [Obs.]
That pursuit for tithes ought, and of ancient time did pertain to the spiritual court.Fuller. Curve of pursuit (Geom.), a curve described by a point which is at each instant moving towards a
second point, which is itself moving according to some specified law.
(Pur"sui*vant) n. [F. poursuivant, fr. poursuivre. See Pursue, and cf. Pursuant.] [Written