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1The action of following or pursuing someone or something.‘the cat crouched in the grass in pursuit of a bird’‘those whose business is the pursuit of knowledge’
chasing, pursuing, stalking, tracking, trailing, shadowing, dogging, houndingstriving towards, push towards, aspiration for, quest after, quest for, search forView synonyms
- ‘Northumbria Police said no police vehicles were in pursuit of the stolen car at the time of the crash.’
- ‘The mantra that, in pursuit of serenity, you should change those things you can change and accept those you cannot has become rather dangerous.’
- ‘Hot in pursuit of their goals, democracy can be forgotten and principles of civil liberties and human rights take a back seat.’
- ‘All those who ran or walked the first fixture collected three points and will now have target times to chase in pursuit of the overall title.’
- ‘You can hear dogs barking in the background and, yes, look, cut to a shot of hounds scampering in pursuit of something small and fluffy.’
- ‘The vehicle sped off in pursuit of the prisoner and quickly caught up with him.’
- ‘For those who are willing to travel in pursuit of unusual plants and an exotic garden, a trip to Logan Botanic Garden in Galloway is well worth the effort.’
- ‘He chased and harried in pursuit of the ball, and a goal.’
- ‘Wayne was in pursuit of a vehicle that had been reported stolen.’
- ‘The land was churned up by riders and followers of the Bedale Hunt in pursuit of a fox last Saturday.’
- ‘As is customary at the start of a new hunting season, Ferry and the South Shropshire hunt, where he is joint master, were in pursuit of fox cubs.’
- ‘His critics have always accepted that he is courageous, determined and utterly ruthless in pursuit of the causes in which he believes.’
- ‘An advocate has a goal in mind and, in pursuit of this goal, searches for legal arguments that might persuade a court.’
- ‘Quality is going in pursuit of audiences and name presenters.’
- ‘Cut to a fast-paced car chase, cop cars in pursuit of suspects in a getaway car.’
- ‘As such, helicopter borne sections will swoop down on suspect vehicles in pursuit of looters and the illegal oil trade.’
- ‘In a ballot earlier this year, firefighters voted by nine to one to take strike action in pursuit of a pay increase of 40 percent.’
- ‘The football was of the highest standard and urged on by a highly vocal support both teams were giving one hundred percent in pursuit of the title.’
- ‘There is something awe-inspiring about it, and something tragic about people dying in pursuit of those dreams.’
- ‘He is chasing himself in pursuit of a glory that has eluded thousands of cricketers who have played this game.’
- 1.1 A bicycle race in which competitors start from different parts of a track and attempt to overtake one another.
- ‘There are still plenty of individual pursuits to be found in mountain bike racing.’
- ‘He is among the favourites to win a second gold in the track individual pursuit on Saturday.’
- ‘The track pursuit specialist ultimately wants two more Olympic gold medals but has also been tipped to star in Tour de France time trials.’
- 1.2Physiology The action of the eye in following a moving object.
- ‘Unlike saccades, smooth pursuit cannot easily be initiated voluntarily without a moving target to follow.’
- ‘Aging of the extra-ocular musculature results in changes in both smooth pursuit and saccadic eye movements.’
2often pursuits[with modifier] An activity of a specified kind, especially a recreational or athletic one.‘a whole range of leisure pursuits’
activity, leisure activity, leisure pursuit, leisure interest, hobby, pastime, diversion, avocation, recreation, relaxation, divertissement, sideline, entertainment, amusement, sport, gameView synonyms
- ‘To establish constitutional protections for recreational pursuits such as hunting is not only inappropriate, but redundant.’
- ‘This might be an opportune time to explore or return to hobbies, leisure activities or career pursuits.’
- ‘It is my prediction that protesting may yet become the recreational pursuit of choice in the 21st century.’
- ‘The majority of those seeking employment found it, and the introduction of structured working hours meant that recreational pursuits took a more prominent place in everyday life.’
- ‘Among his favoured recreational pursuits is painting.’
- ‘Interest in golf as a sporting/leisure pursuit has increased dramatically over the last number of years.’
- ‘Hann claims he has given up alcohol in recent months and taken up other sporting pursuits such as tennis and fishing.’
- ‘A very wide range of extra curricular activities is offered, including performing arts, sport and leisure pursuits.’
- ‘It is set in more than 200 acres of forest, with a golf course and leisure pursuits such as riding, cycling and rambling.’
- ‘He was not interested in one sport but intrigued by the dynamics of the whole range of athletic pursuits.’
- ‘His leisure time pursuits included stamp collecting, operatic music, cycling, walking and athletics.’
- ‘His illness interfered with his workplace responsibilities, recreational pursuits, and his hobby of stamp collecting.’
- ‘Bulgaria's industrial revolution did not bring levels of development as advanced as in other countries, but people acquired more leisure time for cultural pursuits.’
- ‘The officers use sport as a tool to engage young people in active recreation and leisure pursuits and facilities at the level to suit their needs.’
- ‘Despite the entry of a myriad of new age sports onto the community calendar, traditional leisure pursuits such as shooting seem to be holding their own.’
- ‘His leisure pursuits are listed as rugby, fishing and shooting.’
- ‘Aesthetic pursuits, sporty activity and creative pastimes are rejuvenating.’
- ‘Most at home in the outdoors, she finds an outlet for her interest in the natural in a range of recreational pursuits.’
- ‘For others, the time to think has also meant the opportunity to be creative - to try artistic pursuits or to write that ‘best seller’ many people believe they have in them.’
- ‘Kids went roller skating, played in the Jungle Tumble Land, had arts and crafts lessons and a host of other sporting and fun pursuits including football, tennis, badminton and basketball.’
Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French purseute following after from pursuer (see pursue). Early senses included persecution, annoyance and in legal contexts petition, prosecution.
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