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pros·e·cute

 (prŏs′ĭ-kyo͞ot′)
v. pros·e·cut·ed, pros·e·cut·ing, pros·e·cutes
v.tr.
1. Law
a. To initiate or conduct a criminal case against: prosecute a defendant for murder.
b. To initiate or conduct (a civil case or legal action): prosecute a lawsuit for libel.
c. To initiate or conduct legal proceedings regarding (an offense, for example): prosecute drug possession.
2.
a. To pursue (an undertaking, for example) until completion; continue to the very end: prosecute a war.
b. To carry on, engage in, or practice (an occupation or business).
3. To chase or pursue (a vessel): "He held a dispatch saying that [they] had prosecuted and probably killed an Echo-class missile submarine" (Tom Clancy).
v.intr. Law
To initiate or conduct legal proceedings: decided to prosecute.

[Middle English prosecuten, from Latin prōsequī, prōsecūt- : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + sequī, to follow; see sekw- in Indo-European roots.]

pros′e·cut′a·ble adj.

prosecute

(ˈprɒsɪˌkjuːt)
vb
1. (Law) (tr) to bring a criminal action against (a person) for some offence
2. (Law) (intr)
a. to seek redress by legal proceedings
b. to institute or conduct a prosecution
3. (Professions) (tr) to engage in or practise (a profession or trade)
4. (tr) to continue to do (a task, etc)
[C15: from Latin prōsequī to follow, from prō- forward + sequī to follow]
ˈproseˌcutable adj

pros•e•cute

(ˈprɒs ɪˌkyut)

v. -cut•ed, -cut•ing. v.t.
1.
a. to institute or conduct legal proceedings against (a person).
b. to seek to conduct, obtain, or enforce by legal process.
2. to follow up or carry forward (an undertaking), usu. to completion: to prosecute a war.
3. to carry on or practice.
v.i.
4. to institute and carry on a legal prosecution.
5. to act as prosecutor.
[1400–50; late Middle English: to follow up, go on with < Latin prōsecūtus, past participle of prōsequī to pursue, proceed with =prō- pro-1 + sequī to follow]
pros′e•cut`a•ble, adj.
pros`e•cut`a•bil′i•ty, n.

prosecute

- First meant "to follow up or pursue an inquiry or studies" or "to pursue to the end."
See also related terms for inquiry.

persecute

prosecute
1. 'persecute'

To persecute someone means to continually treat them badly and make them suffer, for example because of their political or religious beliefs.

Members of these sects are ruthlessly persecuted.
They claim that nobody is persecuted for religious belief.
2. 'prosecute'

To prosecute someone means to accuse them of a crime and bring criminal charges against them.

He was prosecuted for drunken driving.
Trespassers will be prosecuted.

prosecute


Past participle: prosecuted
Gerund: prosecuting

Imperative
prosecute
prosecute
Present
I prosecute
you prosecute
he/she/it prosecutes
we prosecute
you prosecute
they prosecute
Preterite
I prosecuted
you prosecuted
he/she/it prosecuted
we prosecuted
you prosecuted
they prosecuted
Present Continuous
I am prosecuting
you are prosecuting
he/she/it is prosecuting
we are prosecuting
you are prosecuting
they are prosecuting
Present Perfect
I have prosecuted
you have prosecuted
he/she/it has prosecuted
we have prosecuted
you have prosecuted
they have prosecuted
Past Continuous
I was prosecuting
you were prosecuting
he/she/it was prosecuting
we were prosecuting
you were prosecuting
they were prosecuting
Past Perfect
I had prosecuted
you had prosecuted
he/she/it had prosecuted
we had prosecuted
you had prosecuted
they had prosecuted
Future
I will prosecute
you will prosecute
he/she/it will prosecute
we will prosecute
you will prosecute
they will prosecute
Future Perfect
I will have prosecuted
you will have prosecuted
he/she/it will have prosecuted
we will have prosecuted
you will have prosecuted
they will have prosecuted
Future Continuous
I will be prosecuting
you will be prosecuting
he/she/it will be prosecuting
we will be prosecuting
you will be prosecuting
they will be prosecuting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been prosecuting
you have been prosecuting
he/she/it has been prosecuting
we have been prosecuting
you have been prosecuting
they have been prosecuting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been prosecuting
you will have been prosecuting
he/she/it will have been prosecuting
we will have been prosecuting
you will have been prosecuting
they will have been prosecuting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been prosecuting
you had been prosecuting
he/she/it had been prosecuting
we had been prosecuting
you had been prosecuting
they had been prosecuting
Conditional
I would prosecute
you would prosecute
he/she/it would prosecute
we would prosecute
you would prosecute
they would prosecute
Past Conditional
I would have prosecuted
you would have prosecuted
he/she/it would have prosecuted
we would have prosecuted
you would have prosecuted
they would have prosecuted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.prosecute - conduct a prosecution in a court of law
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
2.prosecute - bring a criminal action against (in a trial); "The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"
defend, represent - be the defense counsel for someone in a trial; "Ms. Smith will represent the defendant"
3.prosecute - carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
practice, commit - engage in or perform; "practice safe sex"; "commit a random act of kindness"
close - engage at close quarters; "close with the enemy"
politick - engage in political activities; "This colleague is always politicking"

prosecute

verb
1. (Law) take someone to court, try, sue, summon, indict, do (slang), arraign, seek redress, put someone on trial, litigate, bring suit against, bring someone to trial, put someone in the dock, bring action against, prefer charges against The police have decided not to prosecute him.
2. conduct, continue, manage, direct, pursue, work at, carry on, practise, engage in, discharge, persist, see through, follow through, persevere, carry through To prosecute this war is costing the country fifteen million pounds a day.

prosecute

verb
1. To institute or subject to legal proceedings:
Idiom: bring suit.
2. To begin and carry through to completion:
Informal: pull off.
Translations
يُقاضييُقَاضِي
soudně stíhattrestně stíhat
anklageretsforfølge
asettaa syytteeseen
tužiti
vádat emel
fara í mál
起訴する
기소하다
baudžiamasis persekiojimaskaltintojaspatraukimas baudžiamojon atsakomybėnpatraukti baudžiamojon atsakomybėnprokuroras
ierosināt lietu
súdne stíhať
åtala
ฟ้องร้อง
dava açmakdava etmek/açmakkovuşturma açmak
truy tố

prosecute

[ˈprɒsɪkjuːt]
A. VT
1. (Jur) (= try) → procesar, enjuiciar; (= punish) → sancionar; [+ claim] → demandar en juicio; [+ case] → llevar a los tribunales
to prosecute sb for theftprocesar a algn por robo
to be prosecuted for a traffic offenceser procesado por una infracción de tráfico
"trespassers will be prosecuted"se procederá contra los intrusos
the lawyer who will prosecute the caseel/la fiscal
2. (frm) (= carry on) → proseguir, llevar adelante
B. VI (Jur) → interponer una acción judicial
prosecuting attorney (US) → fiscal mf
prosecuting counsel (Brit) → fiscal mf

prosecute

[ˈprɒsɪkjuːt]
vt
[+ person] → poursuivre
to prosecute sb for sth → poursuivre qn pour qch
to be prosecuted for sth → être poursuivi(e) pour qch
They were prosecuted for murder → Ils ont été poursuivis pour meutre.
"trespassers will be prosecuted" → "défense d'entrer sous peine de poursuites"
to prosecute a case → représenter le ministère public
vi (= take legal proceedings) → intenter une action
The police have decided not to prosecute → La police a décidé de ne pas intenter d'action.prosecuting attorney n (US)procureur mf

prosecute

vt
personstrafrechtlich verfolgen or belangen (for wegen); prosecuting counsel or attorney (US) → Staatsanwalt m/-anwältin f; “trespassers will be prosecuted”widerrechtliches Betreten wird strafrechtlich verfolgt
(form: = carry on) inquiry, campaign etcdurchführen; claimweiterverfolgen
viAnzeige erstatten, gerichtlich vorgehen; “shoplifting — we always prosecute„jeder Ladendiebstahl wird angezeigt or strafrechtlich verfolgt; Mr Jones, prosecuting, said …Herr Jones, der Vertreter der Anklage, sagte

prosecute

[ˈprɒsɪkjuːt] vt
a. (Law) → intentare azione contro
"trespassers will be prosecuted" → "i trasgressori saranno perseguiti a norma di legge"
b. (frm) (carry on, inquiry) → proseguire

prosecute

(ˈprosikjuːt) verb
to bring a legal action against. He was prosecuted for theft.
ˌproseˈcution noun
1. (an) act of prosecuting or process of being prosecuted. He faces prosecution for drunken driving; There are numerous prosecutions for this offence every year.
2. the person/people bringing a legal action, including the lawyer(s) representing them. First the prosecution stated its case, then the defence.
prosecutor noun
The civil servant who brings legal action.

prosecute

يُقَاضِي trestně stíhat retsforfølge gerichtlich verfolgen ασκώ δίωξη enjuiciar asettaa syytteeseen poursuivre tužiti perseguire 起訴する 기소하다 gerechtelijk vervolgen stille for retten wstąpić na drogę sądową processar преследовать в судебном порядке åtala ฟ้องร้อง dava açmak truy tố 起诉
References in classic literature ?
But accidents may happen, and in case one should occur to me, and I be unable to prosecute the search, I want one of you to do it.
Instead of rushing in a confused and disorderly throng to the cavern, ten of the wisest and firmest among the chiefs were selected to prosecute the investigation.
Miss Cathy - conversant with no bad deeds except her own slight acts of disobedience, injustice, and passion, arising from hot temper and thoughtlessness, and repented of on the day they were committed - was amazed at the blackness of spirit that could brood on and cover revenge for years, and deliberately prosecute its plans without a visitation of remorse.
Noel Vanstone was positively resolved to prosecute in his own defense.
It was about the hour of noon, therefore, when De Bracy, for whose advantage the expedition had been first planned, appeared to prosecute his views upon the hand and possessions of the Lady Rowena.
The last war but between Britain and Spain sprang from the attempts of the British merchants to prosecute an illicit trade with the Spanish main.
Once in Paris, I shall prosecute my search for that unfortunate woman
The truth was, that the mention of two places in the Palazzo Rospoli had recalled to Franz the conversation he had overheard the preceding evening in the ruins of the Colosseum between the mysterious unknown and the Transteverin, in which the stranger in the cloak had undertaken to obtain the freedom of a condemned criminal; and if this muffled-up individual proved (as Franz felt sure he would) the same as the person he had just seen in the Teatro Argentino, then he should be able to establish his identity, and also to prosecute his researches respecting him with perfect facility and freedom.
Mistrust Athos, therefore, who will not prosecute the affairs of any one, even his own.
Besides, it is not robbery to take property belonging to your mother: she doesn't prosecute you.
It was evidently too late to attempt anything further at present, and, indeed, Wolfert had come unprovided with implements to prosecute his researches.
You are in plain sight of the village, and I know that Judge Temple is determined to prosecute all, indiscriminately, who kill deer out of season.