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“pursue” in British English

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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 hunters spent hours pursuing their prey.
He was killed by the driver of a stolen car 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 their offers.

to try to discover information 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 story relentlessly.

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 long period of time:

He decided to pursue a career in television.
We need to decide soon what marketing strategy we should pursue for these new products.
Michael Evans is leaving the company to pursue his own business interests.
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 law degree.

pursue verb (CONTINUE)

[ T ] to continue to do:

The hobbies that I pursue in my spare time are craftswoodworking, 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)