Definitions of sue

  1. French writer whose novels described the sordid side of city life ( 1804- 1857)
  2. A process or condition of acting or moving, as opposed to rest; the doing of something; exertion of power or force, as when one body acts on another; the effect of power exerted on one body by another; agency; activity; operation; as, the action of heat; a man of action.
  3. To follow up; to chase; to seek after; to endeavor to win; to woo.
  4. To seek justice or right from, by legal process; to institute process in law against; to bring an action against; to prosecute judicially.
  5. To proceed with, as an action, and follow it up to its proper termination; to gain by legal process.
  6. To clean, as the beak; -- said of a hawk.
  7. To leave high and dry on shore; as, to sue a ship.
  8. To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to entreat; to plead.
  9. To prosecute; to make legal claim; to seek ( for something) in law; as, to sue for damages.
  10. To woo; to pay addresses as a lover.
  11. To be left high and dry on the shore, as a ship.
  12. To seek after; to endeavor to win; to seek justice or right from, at law.
  13. To entreat, beg, or petition: with for; as, to sue for peace; pay court; as, to sue for her hand; to begin a lawsuit; as, to sue for damages.
  14. To prosecute at law.
  15. To make legal claim: to make application: to entreat: to demand.
  16. To demand; entreat; enter suit.
  17. To bring legal action against.
  18. To entreat; beg.
  19. To seek justice or right by legal process; to gain by legal process.
  20. To prosecute; to seek for in law; to seek by request; to petition; to demand; to make suit. To sue out, to petition for and take out.
  21. To seek justice or right by legal process; to seek for in law; to petition; to entreat; to apply for.

Usage examples for sue

  1. It does no good to sue a man for a doctor bill except in extreme cases. – How to Collect a Doctor Bill by Frank P. Davis
  2. Even if he couldn't do that, he could sue you, Mother, and make no end of trouble. – The Bondboy by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  3. And when she got up to go, Sue I saw the man. – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  4. Sue who broke the window? – The Heart's Kingdom by Maria Thompson Daviess
  5. Come now, Sue and help me dress. – Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1907 to 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  6. Besides, Sue told me about you. – The Harbor by Ernest Poole
  7. He smiled, and said they would soon find that he was not the guilty party; and moreover, that the Express Company would find that it would cost them a good deal before they got through with him, as, after his acquittal, he would certainly sue them for heavy damages. – The Expressman and the Detective by Allan Pinkerton
  8. " You can reassure Adeline," said Sue – The Quality of Mercy by W. D. Howells
  9. Inspired by such motives men often sue for fifty thousand dollars for damages done to a fifty- cent reputation. – Recollections of a Varied Life by George Cary Eggleston
  10. A man not made to sue to less than gods! – Semiramis and Other Plays Semiramis, Carlotta And The Poet by Olive Tilford Dargan
  11. Leaving Bunny and Sue under the tree he had showed them, where they might pick their own peaches, Grandpa Brown walked on a little farther, looking for a place where he might fill his basket. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Playing Circus by Laura Lee Hope
  12. " Of course," agreed Auntie Sue – The Re-Creation of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright
  13. I'm just as glad to have you, Sue and we'd better see a great deal of each other, just as we have since Betty left. – Betty Lee, Freshman by Harriet Pyne Grove
  14. Yes, Sue I've passed my word. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  15. " Miss Mattie Sue didn'," she said. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  16. I'll sue him and make him. – The Long Chance by Peter B. Kyne
  17. Do you sue for pity- you? – The Sea-Hawk by Raphael Sabatini
  18. Don't you love me, Sue – Susanna and Sue by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  19. The proprietors have been deprived of their power to sue for rents, consequently a family requires but little ready money to rub on from hand to mouth. – Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris by Henry Labouchère
  20. She was not at all like Sue – The Harbor by Ernest Poole