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Other Prosecute Definition

[v] carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"
[v] bring a criminal action against (in a trial); "The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"
[v] conduct a prosecution in a court of law

Synonyms

engage, pursue

Antonyms

defend, represent

See Also...

act, close, move, politick

Misc. Definitions

\Pros"e*cute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prosecuted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prosecuting}.] [L. prosecutus, p. p. of prosequi to follow, pursue. See {Pursue}.]
1. To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry on; to continue; as, to prosecute a scheme, hope, or claim. I am beloved Hermia; Why should not I, then, prosecute my right ? --Shak.
2. To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law.
3. (Law) To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against judicially; as, to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a riot. To acquit themselves and prosecute their foes. --Milton.
\Pros"e*cute\, v. i.
1. To follow after. [Obs.] --Latimer.
2. (Law) To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses. --Blackstone.

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