Prosecute en


Prosecute meaning

The prosecutor is the chief legal representative of the prosecution in countries with either the common law adversarial system, or the civil law inquisitorial system. The prosecution is the legal party responsible for presenting the case in a criminal trial against an individual accused of breaking the law.


  1. (v. i.) To follow after.
  2. (v. t.) To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry on; to continue; as, to prosecute a scheme, hope, or claim.
  3. (v. t.) To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law.
  4. (v. i.) To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses.
  5. (v. t.) To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against judicially; as, to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a riot.
Word: pros·e·cute
Pronunciation of prosecute: 'prä-si-"kyüt
Function of prosecute: verb
Other forms of prosecute: -cut·ed; -cut·ing
Origin of prosecute: Middle English, from Latin prosecutus, past participle of prosequi to pursue -- more at PURSUE
transitive senses
1 : to follow to the end : pursue until finished <was... ordered to prosecute the war with... vigor -- Marjory S. Douglas>
2 : to engage in : PERFORM
3 a : to bring legal action against for redress or punishment of a crime or violation of law <prosecuted them for fraud> b : to institute legal proceedings with reference to <prosecute a claim>
intransitive senses : to institute and carry on a legal suit or prosecution
- pros·e·cut·able /"prä-s&-'kyü-t&-b&l/ adjective

Synonyms of prosecute

Engage, Pursue,

Antonyms of prosecute

Defend, Represent,