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verb [transitive] pursue pronunciation in American English /pərˈsu/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepursuing
past tensepursued
past participlepursued
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  1. 1
    to follow a course of activity
    He wants to pursue a career in medicine.
    They have continued to pursue a policy of repression.
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  2. 2
    to try to achieve something
    We are working together to pursue a common goal.
    He urged all sides in the conflict to pursue peace.
    1. a.
      to try to reach a solution or decision
      The legal authorities must decide whether inquiries should be pursued.
      pursue the matter/issue: I feel I have been treated wrongly and I intend to pursue the matter.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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