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pursueverb [T]

uk   /pəˈsjuː/  us   /pɚˈsuː/
  • pursue verb [T] (FOLLOW)

to ​follow someone or something, usually to ​try to ​catch him, her, or it: The ​car was pursued by ​helicopters. The ​huntersspenthours pursuing ​theirprey. He was ​killed by the ​driver of a ​stolencar who was being hotly pursued by the ​police.

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  • pursue verb [T] (TRY TO GET)

to ​try very hard to ​persuade someone to ​accept a ​job: The ​company has been pursuing Holton for some ​time, but so ​far he has ​rejected all ​theiroffers. to ​try to ​discoverinformation about a ​subject: We will not be pursuing this matter any ​further. The ​police are ​currently pursuing several ​lines of ​inquiry into the ​case. I don't ​think this ​idea is ​worth pursuing any ​further. The ​press has pursued this ​storyrelentlessly. to ​try very hard to ​persuade someone to have a ​relationship with you: He's been pursuing her for ​months and ​yet she's so ​clearly not ​interested.
  • pursue verb [T] (TRY TO DO)

C1 If you pursue a ​plan, ​activity, or ​situation, you ​try to do it or ​achieve it, usually over a ​longperiod of ​time: He ​decided to pursue a ​career in ​television. We need to ​decidesoon what ​marketingstrategy we should pursue for these new ​products. Michael Evans is ​leaving the ​company to pursue his own ​businessinterests. She is ​ruthless in pursuing her ​goals.

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(Definition of pursue from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pursue" in American English

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pursueverb

 us   /pərˈsu/
  • pursue verb (FOLLOW)

[I/T] to ​follow or ​search for someone or something, in ​order to ​catch or ​attack that ​person or thing: [I] The ​police pursued on ​foot, but ​lost him in the ​crowd.
  • pursue verb (ATTEMPT)

[T] to ​try to ​achieve: She single-mindedly pursued her ​goal of ​earning a ​lawdegree.
  • pursue verb (CONTINUE)

[T] to ​continue to do: The ​hobbies that I pursue in my ​sparetime are ​crafts – ​woodworking, ​mainly. [T] To pursue is also to ​continue to ​consider: I don’t ​think the ​idea is ​worth pursuing.
(Definition of pursue from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pursue" in Business English

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pursueverb [T]

uk   /pəˈsjuː/  us   /pərˈsuː/
to ​try to ​achieve something: He ​plans to pursue a ​career in ​advertising. to pursue a ​goal/dream/​solution
to ​try to discover ​information about a ​subject: We will not be pursuing the matter any further. I don't ​think this ​idea is worth pursuing any further. The ​press has pursued this story relentlessly.
to ​try very hard to persuade someone to ​accept a ​job: The ​company has been pursuing him for some ​time.
(Definition of pursue from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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