from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. Law To initiate civil or criminal court action against.
- transitive v. Law To seek to obtain or enforce by legal action.
- transitive v. To pursue (an undertaking, for example) until completion; follow to the very end.
- transitive v. 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).
- transitive v. To carry on, engage in, or practice.
- intransitive v. Law To initiate and conduct legal proceedings.
- intransitive v. Law To act as prosecutor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To start civil or criminal proceedings against.
- v. To charge, try.
- v. To pursue something to the end.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry on; to continue.
- transitive v. To seek to obtain by legal process.
- transitive v. To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against judicially.
- intransitive v. To follow after.
- intransitive v. To institute and carry on a legal prosecution.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To follow up; pursue with a view to attain or obtain; continue endeavors to accomplish or complete; pursue with continued purpose; carry on; follow up: as, to prosecute a scheme; to prosecute an undertaking.
- In law: To seek to obtain by legal process: as, to prosecute a claim in a court of law.
- To arraign before a court of justice for some crime or wrong; pursue for redress or punishment before a legal tribunal: as, to prosecute a man for trespass or for fraud.
- To proceed against or pursue by law: said of crimes.
- Synonyms To follow out, persevere in.—2 . To arraign.
- To carry on a legal prosecution; act as a prosecutor before a legal tribunal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
- v. bring a criminal action against (in a trial)
- v. conduct a prosecution in a court of law
Middle English prosecuten, from Latin prōsequī, prōsecūt- : prō-, forward; see pro-1 + sequī, to follow; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin prōsecūtus, perfect participle of prōsequor. Compare persecute. (Wiktionary)