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Meaning of “prosecute” in the English Dictionary

"prosecute" in British English

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prosecuteverb

uk   /ˈprɒs.ɪ.kjuːt/  us   /ˈprɑː.sɪ-/
  • prosecute verb (LEGAL)

C2 [I or T] to ​officiallyaccuse someone of ​committing a ​crime in a ​lawcourt, or (of a ​lawyer) to ​try to ​prove that a ​personaccused of ​committing a ​crime is ​guilty of that ​crime: Shoplifters will be prosecuted. He was prosecuted forfraud. Any ​manufacturer who does not ​conform to the ​standards could be prosecuted under the Consumers Protection Act, 1987. The ​victim has said that she will not prosecute.
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  • prosecute verb (CONTINUE)

[T] formal to ​continue to take ​part in a ​plannedgroup of ​activities, ​especially a ​war: He ​seemedconvinced that the US would prosecute the ​war to ​its end.
(Definition of prosecute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prosecute" in American English

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prosecuteverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈprɑs·ɪˌkjut/
to ​officiallyaccuse someone of ​committing an ​illegalact, and to ​bring a ​case against that ​person in a ​court of ​law: [T] The ​banker was prosecuted for ​fraud.
(Definition of prosecute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prosecute" in Business English

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prosecuteverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈprɒsɪkjuːt/ LAW
to ​officiallyaccuse someone in a ​court of ​law of ​committing a ​crime: Trespassers will be prosecuted.prosecute sb for sth In this ​area, 26 ​people have been prosecuted for ​mortgagefraud in the past three ​years.
if a ​lawyer prosecutes a ​case, they ​try to prove that a ​personaccused of ​committing a ​crime is guilty: prosecute a case/lawsuit The ​leader of the ​Justice Department ​team prosecuted a ​landmarklawsuit against tobacco ​companies.
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(Definition of prosecute from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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