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prosecute

verb [I or T]
 
 
/ˈprɒsɪkjuːt/ LAW
to officially accuse someone in a court of law of committing a crime: Trespassers will be prosecuted.prosecute sb for sth In this area, 26 people have been prosecuted for mortgage fraud in the past three years.
if a lawyer prosecutes a case, they try to prove that a person accused of committing a crime is guilty: prosecute a case/lawsuit The leader of the Justice Department team prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies.
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