Pursue vs. Persue

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Which is correct: Pursue or Persue

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Main Difference

The main difference between Pursue and Persue is that the Pursue is a seek to attain or accomplish (a goal) over a long period and Persue is a obsolete form of pursue.

  • Pursue (verb)

    To follow with harmful intent; to try to harm, to persecute, torment. from 14th c.

  • Pursue (verb)

    To follow urgently, originally with intent to capture or harm; to chase. from 14th c.

  • Pursue (verb)

    To follow, travel down (a particular way, course of action etc.). from late 14th c.

    “Her rival pursued a quite different course.”

  • Pursue (verb)

    To aim for, go after (a specified objective, situation etc.). from late 14th c.

  • Pursue (verb)

    To participate in (an activity, business etc.); to practise, follow (a profession). from 15th c.

  • Persue (verb)

    obsolete form of pursue

  • Pursue (verb)

    follow or chase (someone or something)

    “a heavily indebted businessman was being pursued by creditors”

    “the officer pursued the van”

  • Pursue (verb)

    persistently seek to form a sexual relationship with (someone)

    “Sophie was being pursued by a number of men”

  • Pursue (verb)

    seek to attain or accomplish (a goal) over a long period

    “should people pursue their own happiness at the expense of others?”

  • Pursue (verb)

    (of something unpleasant) persistently afflict (someone)

    “mercy lasts as long as sin pursues man”

  • Pursue (verb)

    continue or proceed along (a path or route)

    “the road pursued a straight course over the scrubland”

  • Pursue (verb)

    engage in (an activity or course of action)

    “the council decided not to pursue an appeal”

    “Andrew was determined to pursue a computer career”

  • Pursue (verb)

    continue to investigate or explore (an idea or argument)

    “we shall not pursue the matter any further”

Oxford Dictionary

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