Prosecute

Definition of Prosecute

Pros´e`cute
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Prosecuted ; p. pr. & vb. n. Prosecuting.]
1.To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry on; to continue; as, to prosecute a scheme, hope, or claim.
I am beloved Hermia;
Why should not I, then, prosecute my right ?
- Shak.
2.To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law.
3.(Law) To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against judicially; as, to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a riot.
To acquit themselves and prosecute their foes.
- Milton.
v. i.1.To follow after.
2.(Law) To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses.

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