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- (transitive, law) To start criminal proceedings against.
- to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a riot
- 1667, John Milton, “Book SAMSON AGONISTES”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554, line 898:
- To acquit themſelves and proſecute their foes
- (transitive, law) To charge, try.
- To seek to obtain by legal process.
- to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law
- (transitive) To pursue something to the end.
- to prosecute a scheme, hope, or claim
- c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
- I am beloved of beauteous Hermia; / Why should not I, then, prosecute my right?
To start civil or criminal proceedings against
To charge, try
To pursue something to the end
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