Meaning of “sue” in the English Dictionary

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"sue" in British English

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sueverb [ I or T ]

uk /suː/ us /suː/

C2 to take legal action against a person or organization, especially by making a legal claim for money because of some harm that they have caused you:

He was so furious about the accusations in the letter that he threatened to sue.
She sued the paper for (= in order to get) damages after they wrongly described her as a prostitute.
She is suing her husband for (= in order to get a) divorce.

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

"sue" in American English

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sueverb [ I/T ]

us /su/

to take legal action against a person or organization, esp. by making a legal claim for money because of some harm that the person or organization has caused you:

[ T ] She was hit by a city bus and is suing the city for $2 million.

(Definition of “sue” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sue" in Business English

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sueverb [ I or T ]

uk /suː/ us LAW

to take legal action against a person or an organization, especially by asking in court for them to pay you money because of harm that they have caused you:

sue (sb/sth) for sth He is suing for £2.5m in damages for unfair dismissal.
The mortgage companies were sued by investors.

(Definition of “sue” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)