pursuit

noun
1 attempt to find sth
ADJECTIVE
aggressive, dogged, relentless, single-minded, vigorous
endless

the endless pursuit of wealth

VERB + PURSUIT
be engaged in
PREPOSITION
in pursuit of

people leaving their homes in pursuit of work

pursuit of

He is engaged in the ruthless pursuit of pleasure.

He devoted his waking hours to the single-minded pursuit of his goal.

PHRASES
the pursuit of excellence, happiness, knowledge, pleasure, truth, etc.
2 attempt to catch sb/sth
ADJECTIVE
close
police
VERB + PURSUIT
give (formal)

The police gave pursuit.

continue
abandon
PREPOSITION
in pursuit (of)

Two boys ran past with a security guard in pursuit.

The guard set off in pursuit of the thief.

PHRASES
in close pursuit, in hot pursuit

Away ran the deer, with the hunters in hot pursuit.

3 (usually pursuits) pastime
ADJECTIVE
active, energetic

active leisure pursuits

leisure, recreational
favourite/favorite (esp. BrE), popular
individual
academic, artistic, cultural, educational, intellectual, scholarly, spiritual
country (BrE), outdoor, sporting (BrE)
sexual (esp. AmE)
VERB + PURSUIT
follow

She has time now to follow her various artistic pursuits.


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  • pursuit — I (chase) noun chase, consectatio, effort to secure, hunt, inquest, inquiry, inquisition, investigation, probe, prosecution, quest, search, stalk, studium associated concepts: hot pursuit doctrine II (effort to secure) noun attem …   Law dictionary

  • pursuit — late 14c., persecution, from Anglo Fr. purseute, from O.Fr. porsuite (early 14c.), from porsivre (see PURSUE (Cf. pursue)). Meaning action of pursuit attested from early 15c.; sense of one s profession, recreation, etc. first recorded 1520s …   Etymology dictionary

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  • pursuit — calling, occupation, employment, *work, business …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pursuit — ► NOUN 1) the action of pursuing. 2) a recreational or sporting activity …   English terms dictionary

  • pursuit — [pər so͞ot′, pərsyo͞ot′] n. [ME purseute < OFr poursuite] 1. the act of pursuing 2. an occupation, career, interest, etc. to which one devotes time and energy …   English World dictionary

  • pursuit — [[t]pə(r)sju͟ːt, AM su͟ːt[/t]] pursuits 1) N UNCOUNT: N of n, oft in N of n Your pursuit of something is your attempts at achieving it. If you do something in pursuit of a particular result, you do it in order to achieve that result. ...a young… …   English dictionary

  • pursuit — pur|suit [ pər sjut ] noun ** 1. ) uncount the process of trying to achieve something: pursuit of: the pursuit of happiness in (the) pursuit of something: his single mindedness in the pursuit of his goals a ) the process of continuing with an… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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