pursuit

A pursuit is a chase or a quest for something. When a guard runs after an escaping jewel thief, she's in pursuit — while the thief may have stolen the jewels because he was in pursuit of wealth.

Whether it's a police officer in a car chase or a student working towards a college degree at a university in the tropics, both can be considered in “hot pursuit.”  Derived from the Anglo-French purseute, pursuit means the act of pursuing or striving towards goals. In the late 14th century it implied persecution, but things have changed since then.

Definitions of pursuit
  1. noun
    the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
    “the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit
    synonyms: chase, following, pursual
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    types:
    tracking, trailing
    the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or marks they left behind
    shadowing, tailing
    the act of following someone secretly
    stalk, stalking
    the act of following prey stealthily
    type of:
    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  2. noun
    a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria
    “the pursuit of love”
    synonyms: pursuance, quest
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    types:
    wild-goose chase
    the fruitless pursuit of something unattainable
    type of:
    search
    the examination of alternative hypotheses
  3. noun
    an auxiliary activity
    synonyms: avocation, by-line, hobby, sideline, spare-time activity
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    types:
    spelaeology, speleology
    the pastime of exploring caves
    type of:
    interest, pastime
    a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
  4. noun
    a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
    “they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits
    synonyms: interest, pastime
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    types:
    avocation, by-line, hobby, sideline, spare-time activity
    an auxiliary activity
    spelaeology, speleology
    the pastime of exploring caves
    type of:
    diversion, recreation
    an activity that diverts or amuses or stimulates
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