[ per-soot ]
/ pərˈsut /


the act of pursuing: in pursuit of the fox.
an effort to secure or attain; quest: the pursuit of happiness.
any occupation, pastime, or the like, in which a person is engaged regularly or customarily: literary pursuits.

Origin of pursuit

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French purseute ≪ Vulgar Latin *prōsequita for Latin prōsecūta, feminine of prōsecūtus, past participle of prōsequī to pursue; cf. suit

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British Dictionary definitions for pursuit

/ (pəˈsjuːt) /


  1. the act of pursuing, chasing, or striving after
  2. (as modifier)a pursuit plane
an occupation, hobby, or pastime
(in cycling) a race in which the riders set off at intervals along the track and attempt to overtake each other

Word Origin for pursuit

C14: from Old French poursieute, from poursivre to prosecute, pursue