prosecute
pros·e·cute /'prä-si-ˌkyüt/ vb -cut·ed, -cut·ing [Latin prosecutus, past participle of prosequi to pursue]
vt
1: to institute and carry forward legal action against for redress or esp. punishment of a crime
2: to institute and carry on a lawsuit with reference to
every action shall be prosecuted in the name of the real party in interestFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 17(a)
vi: to institute and carry on a civil or criminal action
pros·e·cut·able /ˌprä-si-'kyü-tə-bəl/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

prosecute
I (carry forward) verb advance, be resolute in, be steadfast, bring about, bring to pass, carry on, carry out, conduct, continue, follow up, go after, maintain, persequi, persevere in, persist, proceed with, pursue, put through associated concepts: dismissal for want of prosecution, failure to prosecute, prosecute a claim, prosecute an action II (charge) verb accusare, arraign, bring action against, bring before a court, bring suit, bring to justice, file a charge, file a claim, prefer a claim, prefer charges, proceed against civilly, proceed against criminally, sue, summon, take one to court associated concepts: prosecute for a criminal offense, prosecuting attorney III index accuse, arraign, complain (charge), incriminate, lodge (bring a complaint), pursue (carry on)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


prosecute
v.
(1) To begin legal proceedings against someone, especially by the state against an accused criminal.
(2) To continue to carry out some action, intending to complete it.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


prosecute
When a local District Attorney, state Attorney General, or federal United States Attorney brings a criminal case against a defendant.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


prosecute
To follow through; to commence and continue an action or judicial proceeding to its ultimate conclusion. To proceed against a defendant by charging that person with a crime and bringing him or her to trial.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


prosecute
To follow through; to commence and continue an action or judicial proceeding to its ultimate conclusion. To proceed against a defendant by charging that person with a crime and bringing him or her to trial.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

prosecute
v.
   1) in criminal law, to charge a person with a crime and thereafter pursue the case through trial on behalf of the government. This is normally the function of the District Attorney (called States Attorney or city prosecutor in some places) and the U.S. Attorney in federal criminal cases. A state Attorney General may prosecute in crimes of statewide importance, and the U.S. Attorney General, through the Solicitor General, may prosecute for crimes involving matters of national significance.
   2) to conduct any legal action by a lawyer on behalf of a client, including both civil and criminal cases, but most commonly referring to prosecution for crimes.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Prosecute — Pros e*cute, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prosecuted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prosecuting}.] [L. prosecutus, p. p. of prosequi to follow, pursue. See {Pursue}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or accomplish; to endeavor to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prosecute — pros‧e‧cute [ˈprɒsɪkjuːt ǁ ˈprɑː ] verb [intransitive, transitive] LAW 1. if the state authorities prosecute someone, they officially say that person must be judged by a court of law for a particular crime: • Shoplifters (= people who steal… …   Financial and business terms

  • prosecute — [präs′ə kyo͞ot΄] vt. prosecuted, prosecuting [ME prosecuten < L prosecutus, pp. of prosequi < pro , PRO 2 + sequi, to follow: see SEQUENT] 1. to follow up or pursue (something) to a conclusion [to prosecute a war with vigor] 2. to carry on; …   English World dictionary

  • Prosecute — Pros e*cute, v. i. 1. To follow after. [Obs.] Latimer. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses. Blackstone. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prosecute — [v1] bring action against in court arraign, bring suit, bring to trial, contest, do, haul into court*, indict, involve in litigation, law, litigate, prefer charges, pull up, put away*, put on docket, put on trial, see in court*, seek redress, sue …   New thesaurus

  • prosecute — early 15c., follow up, pursue (some course or action), from L. prosecutus, pp. of prosequi follow after (see PURSUE (Cf. pursue)). Meaning bring to a court of law is first recorded 1570s. Prosecutor in legal sense is attested from 1660s;… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prosecute — ► VERB 1) institute legal proceedings against (someone) or with reference to (a crime). 2) continue (a course of action) with a view to completion. 3) archaic carry on (a trade or pursuit). DERIVATIVES prosecutable adjective. ORIGIN Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • prosecute — v. 1) to prosecute vigorously 2) (D; tr.) to prosecute for (to prosecute smb. for murder) * * * [ prɒsɪkjuːt] to prosecute vigorously (D;tr.) to prosecute for (to prosecute smb. for murder) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • prosecute */ — UK [ˈprɒsɪˌkjuːt] / US [ˈprɑsɪˌkjut] verb Word forms prosecute : present tense I/you/we/they prosecute he/she/it prosecutes present participle prosecuting past tense prosecuted past participle prosecuted 1) [intransitive/transitive] to officially …   English dictionary

  • prosecute — [[t]prɒ̱sɪkjuːt[/t]] prosecutes, prosecuting, prosecuted 1) VERB If the authorities prosecute someone, they charge them with a crime and put them on trial. The police have decided not to prosecute because the evidence is not strong enough... [V n …   English dictionary

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