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Old French poursuite, from the verb porsuir (to pursue).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /pəˈsjuːt/, /pɜːˈsjuːt/, /pəˈʃuːt/, /pɜːˈʃuːt/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /pɝˈsuːt/
  • (General Australian) IPA(key): /pəˈʃʉːt/, /pəˈsʉːt/


pursuit (countable and uncountable, plural pursuits)

  1. The act of pursuing.
    Unremitting pursuit of wealth doesn't bring happiness, particularly if successful.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Mother [] considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, from which every Kensingtonian held aloof, except on the conventional tip-and-run excursions in pursuit of shopping, tea and theatres.
    • 2011 September 27, Alistair Magowan, “Bayern Munich 2-0 Man City”, in BBC Sport:
      Not only were Jupp Heynckes' team pacey in attack but they were relentless in their pursuit of the ball once they had lost it, and as the game wore on they merely increased their dominance as City wilted in the Allianz Arena.
  2. A hobby or recreational activity, done regularly.
  3. (cycling) A discipline in track cycling where two opposing teams start on opposite sides of the track and try to catch their opponents.
  4. (law, obsolete) prosecution
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, James Nichols, editor, The Church History of Britain, [], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), new edition, London: [] [James Nichols] for Thomas Tegg and Son, [], published 1837, OCLC 913056315:
      That pursuit for tithes ought, and of ancient time did pertain to the spiritual court.


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