Definitions of pursuit

  1. the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture; " the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"
  2. a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts ( usually pleasantly); " sailing is her favorite pastime"; " his main pastime is gambling"; " he counts reading among his interests"; " they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"
  3. a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria; " the pursuit of love"; " life is more than the pursuance of fame"; " a quest for wealth"
  4. The act of following or going after; esp., a following with haste, either for sport or in hostility; chase; prosecution; as, the pursuit of game; the pursuit of an enemy.
  5. A following with a view to reach, accomplish, or obtain; endeavor to attain to or gain; as, the pursuit of knowledge; the pursuit of happiness or pleasure.
  6. Course of business or occupation; continued employment with a view to same end; as, mercantile pursuits; a literary pursuit.
  7. Prosecution.
  8. The act of following or seeking; chase; as, the pursuit of a thief; a following up for a purpose; as, in pursuit of one's business; occupation; as, business pursuits.
  9. The act of pursuing, following, or going after: endeavor to attain: occupation.
  10. Act of pursuing; endeavor to attain; occupation.
  11. The act of pursuing; a business followed; vocation.
  12. The act of pursuing; prosecution; continuance of endeavour.
  13. The act of following in haste, either in sport or in hostility; endeavour to attain or gain; course of business or occupation; in pursuance of, a legal expression signifying " in fulfilment or execution of".

Usage examples for pursuit

  1. Duppo started off in pursuit – On the Banks of the Amazon by W.H.G. Kingston
  2. That's the game, Leslie- the pursuit of happiness." – The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  3. He was in pursuit of that which would help him as a poet. – The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller by Calvin Thomas
  4. Many a time Salam, in pursuit of birds, has passed within a few- yards of the father of the red legs or his children, but it has never occurred to him to do them harm. – Morocco by S.L. Bensusan
  5. Finding his pursuit was vain, our hero returned, when an attack was commenced upon another individual. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  6. The pursuit of pleasure was not so keen. – Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland by Joseph Tatlow
  7. Torn at from two sides, the priests broke and fled in all directions, the cave- men in hot pursuit – Warrior of the Dawn by Howard Carleton Browne
  8. He had the startled look of a man who fears pursuit – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  9. That they are neither afraid nor ashamed to own what was the one subject of their souls' pursuit the truth. – The Works of John Bunyan Volume 3 by John Bunyan
  10. There was no way to tell where the pursuit would lead. – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
  11. The woman- hunter had met with rare game in his pursuit of the fairest, and while he continued his conversation with Cleopatra her father sometimes joined in, and his deep laughter was often heard. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  12. The two other caravels came in pursuit – My Shipmate--Columbus by Stephen Wilder
  13. Duppo thought otherwise, and continued the pursuit though I could not perceive either the animal or its track. – On the Banks of the Amazon by W.H.G. Kingston
  14. Behind him a fierce roar indicated that the lion was in pursuit – Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa
  15. It seemed as if they were in pursuit of the horsemen. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  16. One of the Indians was killed in the pursuit – Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon by Frederick Van Voorhies Holman
  17. An' do I object to th' pursuit iv lithrachoor? – Observations by Mr. Dooley by Finley Peter Dunne
  18. We did; and pursuit would he useless. – A Heart-Song of To-day by Annie Gregg Savigny
  19. During this pursuit the man kept in the shadow of some trees, and Nick had no opportunity to see him clearly. – The Crime of the French Café and Other Stories by Nicholas Carter
  20. Gertrude and Fanny were some distance behind, and nearly out of breath with a pursuit in which the others had gained so great advantage. – The Lamplighter by Maria S. Cummins