prosecute

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin prōsecūtus, perfect participle of prōsequor. Doublet of pursue, from Old French. Compare also persecute.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒsɪkjuːt/
    • (file)

VerbEdit

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
  2. (transitive, law) To charge, try.
    • 1959, William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, page 9
      The Vigilante is prosecuted in Federal Court under a lynch bill and winds up in a Federal Nut House specially designed for the containment of ghosts []
  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

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ParticipleEdit

prōsecūte

  1. vocative masculine singular of prōsecūtus