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From Proto-Italic *sekʷōr, from Proto-Indo-European *sekʷ- ‎(to follow). Cognates include Sanskrit सचते ‎(sácate) and Ancient Greek ἕπομαι ‎(hépomai).



sequor ‎(present infinitive sequī, perfect active secūtus sum); third conjugation, deponent

  1. (with accusative) I follow, come or go after.
    • Virgil
      Cēdāmus Phoebō et, monitī, meliōra sequāmur
      Let us yield to Phoebus and, having been warned, let us follow better [paths].
    • Ovid
      Video meliora, proboque, deteriora sequor
      I see better things, and approve them, but I follow the worse.
    • Cato the Elder
      Rem tene, verba sequentur
      Grasp the matter, the words will follow


   Conjugation of sequor (third conjugation, deponent)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present sequor sequeris, sequere sequitur sequimur sequiminī sequuntur
imperfect sequēbar sequēbāris, sequēbāre sequēbātur sequēbāmur sequēbāminī sequēbantur
future sequar sequēris, sequēre sequētur sequēmur sequēminī sequentur
perfect secūtus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect secūtus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect secūtus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present sequar sequāris, sequāre sequātur sequāmur sequāminī sequantur
imperfect sequerer sequerēris, sequerēre sequerētur sequerēmur sequerēminī sequerentur
perfect secūtus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect secūtus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present sequere sequiminī
future sequitor sequitor sequuntor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives sequī secūtus esse secūtūrus esse
participles sequēns secūtus secūtūrus sequendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
nominative genitive dative/ablative accusative accusative ablative
sequī sequendī sequendō sequendum secūtum secūtū

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  • Vulgar Latin: *sequio (see there for further descendants)


  • sequor in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sequor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sequor” in Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to follow in any one's steps: vestigia alicuius sequi, persequi or vestigiis aliquem sequi, persequi
    • to court a person's favour; to ingratiate oneself with..: gratiam alicuius sibi quaerere, sequi, more strongly aucupari
    • to be a lover of ease, leisure: otium sequi, amplexari
    • to adopt some one's opinion: ad alicuius sententiam accedere, sententiam alicuius sequi
    • to try to conjecture probabilities: probabilia coniectura sequi
    • my intention is..: id sequor, ut
    • to be guided by another's example: auctoritatem alicuius sequi
    • to be a follower, disciple of some one: sectam alicuius sequi (Brut. 31. 120)
    • it follows from this that..: sequitur (not ex quo seq.) ut
    • to hold by the letter (of the law): verba ac litteras or scriptum (legis) sequi (opp. sententia the spirit)
    • to strive to attain virtue: virtutem sequi, virtutis studiosum esse
    • to follow fixed principles of conduct: certas rationes in agendo sequi
    • to embrace the cause of..., be a partisan of..: alicuius partes (causam) or simply aliquem sequi
    • to be neutral: neutram partem sequi
    • to follow the standards: signa sequi (opp. a signis discedere, signa relinquere)