1 follow, chase, go or run after, hunt (after or down or for or up), trace, trail, track, run down, take off after, dog, stalk, shadow, Brit chivvy or chivy or chevy, Colloq tail:
The police pursued the escaped convicts across the moor.
2 follow (up or on with), trace, carry on with, continue, conduct, devote or dedicate oneself to, cultivate, undertake, practise, persist or persevere in, maintain, exercise, proceed with, adhere to, stay with, apply oneself to, Colloq stick with:
If you pursue such a course, you are certain to land in jail.
3 aspire to, aim for, work for or toward(s), try or strive for, purpose, seek, search for, go in search of, quest after or for, be intent on, be bent upon or on:
Jonathan is pursuing a doctorate in history at Oxford.
4 woo, (pay) court (to), seek the hand of, set (one's) cap for, Formal press (one's) suit with, pay suit or court or (one's) addresses to, Colloq set one's cap for, Slang chase (after):
Jack is pursuing Jacquelyn with matrimony in mind.
1 continue sth/try to achieve sth
further, still | actively, energetically, vigorously | doggedly
He was still doggedly pursuing his studies.
| relentlessly | effectively, successfully
How can we most effectively pursue these aims?
VERB + PURSUE
We have decided not to pursue the matter further.
| intend to, want to, wish to
deciding on which career you wish to pursue
| be/feel inclined to | be reluctant to | be able to, be at liberty to, be free to | continue to
the ability/freedom to pursue sth
the freedom to pursue her own interests
| be not worth pursuing
I decided the matter was not worth pursuing further.
2 chase sb
He pursued her relentlessly, refusing to take ‘no’ for an answer.
closely/hotly pursued by sb
He ran past, hotly pursued by two policemen.
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