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prosecute

to institute legal proceedings against: prosecute the suspect; carry forward something begun: prosecute a war
Not to be confused with:
persecute – hound; afflict; torture; torment; badger; bother: persecute the opposition
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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.
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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
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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.
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prosecute

- First meant "to follow up or pursue an inquiry or studies" or "to pursue to the end."
See also related terms for inquiry.
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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.
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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
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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"
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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.
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prosecute

verb
1. To institute or subject to legal proceedings:
Idiom: bring suit.
2. To begin and carry through to completion:
Informal: pull off.
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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
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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
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

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
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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
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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.
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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
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The remaining members of the crew, safe in Lord Greystoke's assurance that they would not be prosecuted for their share in the villainies of the two Russians, hastened with cheerful alacrity to their several duties.
It became the great interior mart and place of deposit, and some of the regular merchants who prosecuted the trade in person, under their licenses, formed establishments here.
Now, as those polar fisheries could only be prosecuted in the short summer of that climate, so that the whole cruise of one of these Dutch whalemen, including the short voyage to and from the Spitzbergen sea, did not much exceed three months, say, and reckoning 30 men to each of their fleet of 180 sail, we have 5,400 Low Dutch seamen in all; therefore, I say, we have precisely two barrels of beer per man, for a twelve weeks' allowance, exclusive of his fair proportion of that 550 ankers of gin.
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is upholding a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime, a closely watched case because of its potential implications for people prosecuted in the Russia investigation.
If any national has committed crime anywhere, he would be prosecuted by state jurisdiction.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said those behind the alleged irregular Maynilad contract could still be prosecuted depending on their participation.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said officials behind the deal 'could be prosecuted, depending on their participation.'
'We are collaborating with them to ensure that those arrested are prosecuted.
In making her announcement, Mosby indicated that marijuana possession arrests will not be prosecuted, no matter the amount of marijuana seized or the past criminal history of the defendant arrested.
Chairman Wafula Chebukati said the Electoral Code of Conduct Enforcement Committee prosecuted 71 cases during the election.
Wrexham, Gwynedd, Flintshire and Anglesey recorded 4,624 fly-tipping incidents - but no-one was prosecuted.