prosecute

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin prōsecūtus, perfect participle of prōsequor. Compare persecute.

Verb[edit]

prosecute (third-person singular simple present prosecutes, present participle prosecuting, simple past and past participle prosecuted)

  1. (transitive, law) To start criminal proceedings against.
    to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a riot
    • Milton
      To acquit themselves and prosecute their foes.
  2. (transitive, law) To charge, try.
  3. To seek to obtain by legal process.
    to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law
  4. (transitive) To pursue something to the end.
    to prosecute a scheme, hope, or claim
    • Shakespeare
      I am beloved of beauteous Hermia; / Why should not I, then, prosecute my right?

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Participle[edit]

prōsecūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of prōsecūtus