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UK [ˈprɒsɪˌkjuːt] / US [ˈprɑsɪˌkjut] verb
Word forms "prosecute":
present tense I/you/we/they prosecute he/she/it prosecutes present participle prosecuting past tense prosecuted past participle prosecuted
1) [intransitive/transitive] to officially accuse someone of a crime and ask a court of law to judge them

If the fine is not paid within ten days, we will be forced to prosecute.

No one has yet been prosecuted in connection with the murder.

prosecute someone for something:

He might still be prosecuted for perjury.

2) [intransitive/transitive] to try to prove as a lawyer in court that someone is guilty of a crime

Julius Capon, prosecuting, described the defendant as "ruthless".

Two Scottish lawyers will prosecute the case.

3) [transitive] formal to carry out an activity, especially a war

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  • prosecute — [präs′ə kyo͞ot΄] vt. prosecuted, prosecuting [ME prosecuten < L prosecutus, pp. of prosequi < pro , PRO 2 + sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT] 1. to follow up or pursue (something) to a conclusion [to prosecute a war with vigor] 2. to carry on; …   English World dictionary

  • Prosecute — Pros e*cute, v. i. 1. To follow after. [Obs.] Latimer. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prosecute — [v1] bring action against in court arraign, bring suit, bring to trial, contest, do, haul into court*, indict, involve in litigation, law, litigate, prefer charges, pull up, put away*, put on docket, put on trial, see in court*, seek redress, sue …   New thesaurus

  • prosecute — early 15c., follow up, pursue (some course or action), from L. prosecutus, pp. of prosequi follow after (see PURSUE (Cf. pursue)). Meaning bring to a court of law is first recorded 1570s. Prosecutor in legal sense is attested from 1660s;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prosecute — ► VERB 1) institute legal proceedings against (someone) or with reference to (a crime). 2) continue (a course of action) with a view to completion. 3) archaic carry on (a trade or pursuit). DERIVATIVES prosecutable adjective. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

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