sue - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive/transitive] 

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present tense
present participlesuing
past tensesued
past participlesued
  1. to make a legal claim against someone, usually to get money from them because they have done something bad to you. The legal claim is called a lawsuit

    If we go public with these allegations, do you think he will sue?

    sue for:

    We intend to sue for damages.

    sue someone (for something):

    Burnett sued the newspaper for libel and won.

    sue (someone) for divorce/custody (=officially ask for a divorce or the right to keep your children):

    After she left him, she sued for divorce.