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English definition of “prosecute”

prosecute

verb uk   /ˈprɒs.ɪ.kjuːt/ us    /ˈprɑː.sɪ-/

prosecute verb (LEGAL)

C2 [I or T] to officially accuse someone of committing a crime in a law court, or (of a lawyer) to try to prove that a person accused of committing a crime is guilty of that crime: Shoplifters will be prosecuted. He was prosecuted for fraud. 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 planned group of activities, especially a war: He seemed convinced that the US would prosecute the war to its end.Continue and last
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