prosecute - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleprosecuting
past tenseprosecuted
past participleprosecuted
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to officially accuse someone of a crime and ask a court of law to judge them

    If the fine is not paid within ten days, we will be forced to prosecute.

    No one has yet been prosecuted in connection with the murder.

    prosecute someone for something:

    He might still be prosecuted for perjury.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to try to prove as a lawyer in court that someone is guilty of a crime

    Julius Capon, prosecuting, described the defendant as ‘ruthless’.

    Two Scottish lawyers will prosecute the case.