KJV Dictionary Definition: pursue


PURSUE, v.t. L. sequor; prosequor, or persequor. See Seek.

1. To follow; to go or proceed after or in a like direction. The captain pursued the same course as former navigators have taken. A subsequent legislature pursued the course of their predecessors.

2. To take and proceed in, without following another. Captain Cook pursued a new and unexplored course. New circumstances often compel us to pursue new expedients and untried course. What course shall we pursue?

3. To follow with a view to overtake; to follow with haste; to chase; as, to pursue a hare; to pursue an enemy.

4. To seek; to use measures to obtain; as, to pursue a remedy at law.

5. To prosecute; to continue. A stream proceeds from a lake and pursues a southerly course to the ocean.

He that pursueth evil, pursueth it to his own death. Prov.11.

6. To follow as an example; to imitate.

The fame of ancient matrons you pursue.

7. To endeavor to attain to; to strive to reach or gain.

We happiness pursue; we fly from pain.

8. To follow with enmity; to persecute.

This verb is frequently followed by after. Gen.35.

PURSUE, v.i. To go on; to proceed; to continue; a Gallicism.

I have, pursues Carneades, wondered chimists should not consider--


PURSU'ED, pp. Followed; chased; prosecuted; continued.


PURSU'ING, ppr. Following; chasing; hastening after to overtake; prosecuting; proceeding in; continuing.