[ soo ]
/ su /

verb (used with object), sued, su·ing.

to institute a process in law against; bring a civil action against: to sue someone for damages.
to woo or court.
Obsolete. to make petition or appeal to.

verb (used without object), sued, su·ing.

Verb Phrases

sue out, to make application for or apply for and obtain (a writ or the like) from a court of law.

Origin of sue

1150–1200; Middle English suen, siwen < Old French sivre < Vulgar Latin *sequere to follow, for Latin sequī


su·er, noun un·sued, adjective

Words nearby sue

Definition for sue (2 of 2)

[ soo; French sy ]
/ su; French sü /


Eu·gène [œ-zhen] /œˈʒɛn/, Marie Joseph Sue,1804–57, French novelist.
a female given name, form of Susan, Susanna, Susannah.

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British Dictionary definitions for sue (1 of 2)

/ (sjuː, suː) /

verb sues, suing or sued

to institute legal proceedings (against)
to make suppliant requests of (someone for something)
archaic to pay court (to)

Derived forms of sue

suer, noun

Word Origin for sue

C13: via Anglo-Norman from Old French sivre, from Latin sequī to follow

British Dictionary definitions for sue (2 of 2)

/ (French sy) /


Eugène (øʒɛn). original name Marie-Joseph Sue. 1804–57, French novelist, whose works, notably Les mystères de Paris (1842–43) and Le juif errant (1844–45), were among the first to reflect the impact of the industrial revolution on France