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1‘I pursued him down the garden’
go after, run after, follow, chase, give chase to
hunt, stalk, track, trail, trace, shadow, dog, hound, course
2‘it would be unprofitable to pursue the goal of political union’
strive for, push towards, work towards, try for, seek, search for, quest, quest after, be intent on, aim at, aim for, have as a goal, have as an objective, aspire to
3‘he was desperate to impress a woman he had been pursuing for weeks’
woo, court, pay court to, pay suit to, chase after, chase, run after
informal make up to
dated make love to, romance, set one's cap at, seek the hand of, pay addresses to
4‘she also pursued a political career’
engage in, be engaged in, be occupied in, participate in, take part in, work at, practise, follow, prosecute, conduct, ply, apply oneself to, go in for, take up
5‘the appointee will be encouraged to pursue his or her own research’
conduct, undertake, follow, carry on, devote oneself to, go on with, proceed with, go ahead with, carry on with, keep on with, continue with, continue, take further, prosecute, persist in, stick at, stick with
6‘he decided not to pursue the matter’
investigate, research, enquire into, look into, examine, study, review, check, scrutinize, analyse, delve into, dig into, probe
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