September 16, 2013
- pursue (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to follow in order to catch up with and seize2 : to try to obtain or accomplish : seek3 : to proceed along4 : to engage in : practice
- How do you use it?
- Even though Andre didn't have much of a singing voice, he decided to pursue a role in the musical anyway.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Pursue" derives from the Latin root "sequi." What do you think "sequi" means?One of the many meanings of "pursue" is "to follow in order to catch up with and seize," and "to follow" is exactly what Latin "sequi" means. In Latin "sequi" was combined with the prefix "pro-" (meaning "forward") to produce "prosequi." So how did we get "pursue" from "prosequi"? We can follow "prosequi" to Anglo-French, where it became "pursiure" or "pursure." Middle English speakers picked up this variation and soon we had our word "pursue."