Definitions of prosecute

  1. To follow up or pursue with the view to reach or accomplish; as, to prosecute an undertaking; to bring suit against or carry on a case against in a court of law.
  2. To follow onwards or pursue, in order to reach or accomplish: to continue: to pursue by law.
  3. To pursue; follow; pursue by law.
  4. To pursue or follow up; carry on.
  5. To bring a legal suit or charge against; seek to enforce, as a claim, by legal process.
  6. To carry on a lawsuit; to sue.
  7. conduct a prosecution in a court of law
  8. bring a criminal action against ( in a trial); " The State of California prosecuted O. J. Simpson"
  9. To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry on; to continue; as, to prosecute a scheme, hope, or claim.
  10. To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law.
  11. To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against judicially; as, to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a riot.
  12. To follow after.
  13. To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses.
  14. When a local District Attorney, state Attorney General or federal United States Attorney brings a criminal case against a defendant.
  15. To follow or pursue with a view to reach or accomplish; to seek to obtain by legal process; to accuse of some crime before a legal tribunal.
  16. To follow or pursue after for a purpose; to persist in or continue, as efforts already begun; to seek to obtain by legal process; to sue criminally; to carry on a legal prosecution.
  17. Prosecuter.
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