Definitions for: Pursuit


[n] the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture; "the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit"
[n] a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly); "sailing is her favorite pastime"; "his main pastime is gambling"; "he counts reading among his interests"; "they criticized the boy for his limited pursuits"
[n] a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria; "the pursuit of love"; "life is more than the pursuance of fame"; "a quest for wealth"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pur*suit", n. [F. poursuite, fr. poursuivre. See
Pursue, v. t.]
1. The act of following or going after; esp., a following
with haste, either for sport or in hostility; chase;
prosecution; as, the pursuit of game; the pursuit of an
enemy. --Clarendon.

Weak we are, and can not shun pursuit. --Shak.

2. A following with a view to reach, accomplish, or obtain;
endeavor to attain to or gain; as, the pursuit of
knowledge; the pursuit of happiness or pleasure.

3. Course of business or occupation; continued employment
with a view to same end; as, mercantile pursuits; a
literary pursuit.

4. (Law) Prosecution. [Obs.]

That pursuit for tithes ought, and of ancient time
did pertain to the spiritual court. --Fuller.

Curve of pursuit (Geom.), a curve described by a point
which is at each instant moving towards a second point,
which is itself moving according to some specified law.

Synonyms: chase, following, interest, pastime, pursuance, quest

See Also: avocation, by-line, diversion, hobby, motion, move, movement, recreation, search, shadowing, sideline, spare-time activity, stalk, stalking, tailing, tracking, trailing, wild-goose chase

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