pursue

Use the verb pursue when you're chasing after someone — the way that paparazzi pursue a celebrity.

Pursue originally meant "to follow with hostile intent," from a Latin root word, prosequi, "follow, accompany, follow after, or follow up." Today, when you pursue someone, it's not necessarily with bad intentions. A police officer, for example, might pursue a criminal, and your dog might pursue your cat around the house just for fun. If you pursue a career in journalism, you are working to achieve it. Likewise, you pursue a strategy or a hobby if you do it consistently.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: pursue

1
v
follow in or as if in pursuit
2
v
carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: pursue
1

v follow in or as if in pursuit

“The police car pursued the suspected attacker”
Synonyms:
follow
follow, surveil, survey
keep under surveillance
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stalk
go through (an area) in search of prey
chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track, trail
go after with the intent to catch
haunt, stalk
follow stealthily or recur constantly and spontaneously to
tree
chase an animal up a tree
quest
search the trail of (game)
hound, hunt, trace
pursue or chase relentlessly
run down
pursue until captured
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v go in search of or hunt for

pursue a hobby”
Synonyms:
go after, quest after, quest for
Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

v carry further or advance

Synonyms:
act on, follow up on
Types:
check out, run down
trace
Type of:
oppose, react
act against or in opposition to
2

v carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

“She pursued many activities”
Synonyms:
engage, prosecute
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commit, practice
engage in or perform
close
engage at close quarters
politick
engage in political activities
logroll
work toward the passage of some legislation by exchanging political favors such as trading votes
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
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