American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of chasing or pursuing.
- n. The act of striving: the pursuit of higher education.
- n. An activity, such as a vocation or hobby, engaged in regularly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of pursuing, or of following briskly for the purpose of overtaking; a following hastily, either for sport or in hostility; the chase, or a chasing: as, the pursuit of game, or of an enemy.
- n. The act of following with a view to reach, accomplish, or obtain; the endeavor to attain to or gain: as, the pursuit of happiness.
- n. The object of one's endeavors or continued exertions or application; that which one systematically engages in or follows as a recreation, occupation, profession, or trade, or with some similar end in view; course of occupation or employment: as, literary pursuits; mercantile pursuits.
- n. A following up or out; a carrying out; prosecution: as, the pursuit of a design.
- n. Persecution.
- n. Pursuit, Pursuance. Pursuit is free in either physical or moral uses: as, the pursuit of a tiger, a profession, an ambition. Pursuance is not now used except in the moral sense, and then generally in the sense of following out: as, pursuance of his original intention; in pursuance of a peculiar theory. We speak of the pursuit of pleasure.
- n. Calling, Employment, etc. See occupation.
- n. The act of pursuing.
- n. A hobby or recreational activity, done regularly.
- n. cycling A discipline in track cycling where two opposing teams start on opposite sides of the track and try to catch their opponents.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of following or going after; esp., a following with haste, either for sport or in hostility; chase; prosecution.
- n. A following with a view to reach, accomplish, or obtain; endeavor to attain to or gain
- n. Course of business or occupation; continued employment with a view to same end
- n. (Law), obsolete Prosecution.
- n. a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)
- n. a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria
- n. an auxiliary activity
- n. the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
- Old French poursuite, from the verb porsuir ("to pursue"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman pursuite, from pursure, to pursue; see pursue. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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