pursue etymology

English word pursue comes from Old French poursuire

Detailed word origin of pursue

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
poursuire Old French (fro)
pursure Anglo-Norman (xno)
pursue English (eng) (obsolete, transitive) To follow with harmful intent; to try to harm, to persecute, torment. [from 14th c.]. (transitive) To aim for, go after (a specified objective, situation etc.). [from late 14th c.]. (transitive) To follow urgently, originally with intent to capture or harm; to chase. [from 14th c.]. (transitive) To follow, travel down (a particular way, course of action etc.). [from [...]