prosecution Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “prosecution” in the English Dictionary

"prosecution" in British English

See all translations


uk   /ˌprɒs.ɪˈkjuː.ʃən/  us   /ˌprɑː.sɪ-/

prosecution noun (LEGAL)

C2 [C or U] the ​act of ​prosecuting someone: A ​number of the ​cases have ​resulted in ​successful prosecution. Doctors ​guilty of ​neglect are liable to prosecution.the prosecution [S, + sing/pl verb]
More examples
C2 the ​lawyers in a ​courtcase who ​represent the ​side that ​accuses someone of ​committing a ​crime: His ​plea of ​guilty to ​manslaughter was not ​accepted by the prosecution. The prosecution ​alleged that he ​lured the ​officer to his ​death by making an ​emergencycall.
More examples

prosecution noun (ACTIVITIES)

[U] formal the ​act of taking ​part in a ​planned set of ​activities, ​especially a ​war
(Definition of prosecution from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"prosecution" in American English

See all translations

prosecutionnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌprɑs·ɪˈkju·ʃən/
the ​act of ​officiallyaccusing someone of ​committing an ​illegalact, esp. by ​bringing a ​case against that ​person in a ​court of ​law: [U] She was ​grantedfullimmunity from prosecution by the ​state in ​return for her ​testimony. law The prosecution refers to the ​lawyers in a ​trial who ​try to ​prove that a ​personaccused of ​committing a ​crime is ​guilty of that ​crime.
(Definition of prosecution from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prosecution" in Business English

See all translations


uk   us   /ˌprɒsɪˈkjuːʃən/ LAW
[C or U] the ​process of ​officiallyaccusing someone in a ​court of ​law of ​committing a ​crime: face prosecution (for sth) The ​company faces prosecution for ​breaches of ​safetyregulations.bring a prosecution against sb They decided to ​bring a ​private prosecution against the boy's ​alleged killers.
[S] (also the prosecution) the ​lawyers who ​try to prove that a ​personaccused of ​committing a ​crime is guilty: The prosecution ​claims that the ​companytried to ​mislead investigators by lying under ​oath.
(Definition of prosecution from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “prosecution”
in Arabic مُحاكَمة…
in Korean 기소…
in Portuguese processo criminal…
in Catalan processament, enjudiciament…
in Japanese 起訴, 訴訟…
in Chinese (Simplified) 法律, (被)起诉, (被)检举…
in Turkish kovuşturma…
in Russian судебное преследование…
in Chinese (Traditional) 法律, (被)起訴, (被)檢舉…
in Italian processo penale…
in Polish oskarżenie…
What is the pronunciation of prosecution?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day