Definition of Prosecute

1. Verb. Conduct a prosecution in a court of law.

Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Derivative terms: Prosecution, Prosecutor

2. Verb. Bring a criminal action against (in a trial). "They want to prosecute the prisoners "; "The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"
Antonyms: Defend
Derivative terms: Prosecution, Prosecutor

3. Verb. Carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in. "They engaged in a discussion"
Exact synonyms: Engage, Pursue
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Specialized synonyms: Commit, Practice, Close, Politick
Derivative terms: Engagement, Prosecution, Pursuer, Pursuit

Definition of Prosecute

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. i. To follow after.

Definition of Prosecute

1. Verb. (transitive legal) To start civil or criminal proceedings against. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive legal) To charge, try. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To pursue something to the end. ¹

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Definition of Prosecute


Lexicographical Neighbors of Prosecute

prose poem
prosector's wart
prosecute (current term)
prosecuting attorney
prosecuting officer
prosecution histories
prosecution history
prosecution history estoppel
prosecutive case
prosecutive cases

Literary usage of Prosecute

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1918)
"ed States" mean all the courts In which seamen may have occasion to enter and prosecute suits. Seamen have occasion to enter and prosecute such suits In ..."

2. United States Supreme Court Reportsby Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"After suit is brought he must prosecute it to judgment without delay or giving time to the maker of the note. Though he is notoriously insolvent, ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1919)
"... and in case the plaintiff in error in any such case shall not be prepared, at such first term of such court after error brought to prosecute the same, ..."

4. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England by John Campbell Campbell (1847)
"It would have been highly proper to prosecute for a misdemeanour the individuals who could ... Resolution to prosecute the members of the parliamentary son. ..."

5. Calendar of State Papers by Great Britain Public Record Office, John William Fortescue (1904)
"Presently after my arrival I gave notice of my intention to prosecute illegal traders, and had it recorded in the Provincial Court, so that they cannot ..."

6. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes by Robert Burton (1800)
"... and those that durst not so much as mutter against them in their lives, will prosecute their name with Satyrs, Libels, and bitter imprecations, ..."

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