Definitions of prosecute

  1. carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; " She pursued many activities"; " They engaged in a discussion"
  2. conduct a prosecution in a court of law
  3. bring a criminal action against ( in a trial); " The State of California prosecuted O. J. Simpson"
  4. 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.
  5. To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law.
  6. 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.
  7. To follow after.
  8. To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses.
  9. When a local District Attorney, state Attorney General or federal United States Attorney brings a criminal case against a defendant.
  10. 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.
  11. To carry on a lawsuit; to sue.
  12. Prosecuter.
  13. To follow onwards or pursue, in order to reach or accomplish: to continue: to pursue by law.
  14. To carry on a legal prosecution.
  15. To pursue; follow; pursue by law.
  16. To pursue or follow up; carry on.
  17. To bring a legal suit or charge against; seek to enforce, as a claim, by legal process.
  18. To begin and carry on a legal proceeding.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

Usage examples for prosecute

  1. Helen threw her arms about her father's neck, thanking him tenderly, and with a beating heart retired to prosecute her plans. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  2. I was glad, however, when we rose to prosecute our intended trip up the lake. – Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie
  3. We shall have to prosecute you, because you didn't care for our board. – Jill's Red Bag by Amy Le Feuvre
  4. No matter what happens, I replied, you shall prosecute at least the civil suits to the end. – The Plum Tree by David Graham Phillips
  5. The vigour necessary to prosecute two professions at the same time is not given to every one, and it was only lately that I had found the vigour necessary for one. – Autobiography of Anthony Trollope by Anthony Trollope
  6. We will prosecute our investigations together . – The Mayor of Troy by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  7. You see, if you will marry me my father could not, in decency, prosecute Tom or ruin your father. – A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties by Charles Major
  8. The pale- faces had abandoned the smaller settlements and detached plantations, and in the neighbouring towns awaited the arrival of the Government troops on their way to prosecute the campaign throughout the whole peninsula. – The White Squaw by Mayne Reid
  9. They were bound to prosecute heresy, and they were bound to conquer in the struggle or be themselves shattered. – Pioneers of Science by Oliver Lodge
  10. He longed to find a wider scope wherein to prosecute his aims for raising the standard of Church music. – Story-Lives of Great Musicians by Francis Jameson Rowbotham
  11. The first Declaration stated, that " nothing was left but to prosecute a war equally just and necessary." – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  12. He makes no mention of his rebellious subjects in America, or of any allies, and is resolved to prosecute the war. – Memoirs of Aaron Burr, Complete by Matthew L. Davis
  13. The gods were indignant with the Republic, and were, no doubt, about to prosecute their vengeance. – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  14. Soon after the close of the Revolution Mr. Chase was employed by the state of Maryland to prosecute a claim for bank stock in England and obtained for it six hundred and fifty thousand dollars. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  15. He had now bound himself to prosecute, and certainly would be dragged into Carmarthen, unless he first made known the truth as to the will. – Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope
  16. He has robbed him of seven thousand dollars, and we have Herresford's permission to prosecute. – The Scarlet Feather by Houghton Townley
  17. As far as I can make out, there is no way in the world of preventing a woman marrying her own daughter to the gods at any age; but you can prosecute her if she does. – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael
  18. The existence of the war having thus been declared by Congress, it became my duty under the Constitution and the laws to conduct and prosecute it. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  19. It was impossible for Langdon to walk more than a quarter of a mile at a time, and the position he was compelled to take in the saddle caused him so much pain that to prosecute the hunt even on horseback was out of the question. – The Grizzly King by James Oliver Curwood
  20. With other free nations, we should vigorously prosecute measures that will promote mutual strength, prosperity and welfare within the free world. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various