pursuit Definition

  • 1the act of following or chasing someone or something
  • 2an activity that you spend time doing, usually when you are not working

Using pursuit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "pursuit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The police were in pursuit of the suspect.

  • Example

    Her favorite pursuit is reading books.

  • Example

    He gave up his legal pursuit to become an artist.

pursuit Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for pursuit

Antonyms for pursuit

Idioms Using pursuit

  • actively seeking or trying to achieve something


    She spent years in pursuit of her dream to become a doctor.

  • a wild-goose chase

    a foolish and hopeless search or pursuit of something unattainable


    Trying to find a needle in a haystack is a wild-goose chase.

  • a situation or goal that is hopeless or impossible to achieve


    Trying to convince him to change his mind is a lost cause.

Phrases with pursuit

  • chasing someone or something with great speed and determination


    The thief fled the scene with the police in hot pursuit.

  • the right mentioned in the US Declaration of Independence to freely pursue joy and live life in a way that makes you happy


    The American dream is often associated with the pursuit of happiness.

  • the effort to achieve the highest standards of quality and performance in a particular field


    The company's culture emphasizes the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of their work.

Origins of pursuit

from Old French 'porsivre', meaning 'to pursue'


Summary: pursuit in Brief

The term 'pursuit' [pərˈsuːt] refers to the act of following or chasing someone or something, as well as an activity one spends time doing. Examples include 'The police were in pursuit of the suspect,' and 'Her favorite pursuit is reading books.' Phrases like 'in hot pursuit' denote a determined chase, while idioms like 'a wild-goose chase' describe a hopeless search.

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