1 continue sth/try to achieve sth
further, still
actively, aggressively, energetically, vigorously
doggedly, relentlessly

He was still doggedly pursuing his studies.


How can we successfully pursue these aims?

decide to

We have decided not to pursue the matter further.

intend to, want to, wish to

How do you decide which career you wish to pursue?

be inclined to, be interested in pursuing, feel inclined to
be reluctant to
be able to, be free to
continue to
the ability to pursue sth, the freedom to pursue sth, the opportunity to pursue sth, the right to pursue sth

the freedom to pursue her own interests

be not worth pursuing

I decided the matter was not worth pursuing further.

2 chase sb

He pursued her relentlessly, refusing to take ‘no’ for an answer.

closely pursued by sb, hotly pursued by sb

He ran past, hotly pursued by two policemen.

Pursue is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑hound
Pursue is used with these nouns as the object: ↑agenda, ↑aim, ↑approach, ↑avenue, ↑career, ↑case, ↑charge, ↑course, ↑deal, ↑degree, ↑diplomacy, ↑dream, ↑education, ↑end, ↑endeavour, ↑enquiry, ↑excellence, ↑goal, ↑hobby, ↑ideal, ↑initiative, ↑interest, ↑investigation, ↑justice, ↑lead, ↑line, ↑litigation, ↑love, ↑matter, ↑mission, ↑objective, ↑passion, ↑pastime, ↑path, ↑perfection, ↑policy, ↑prey, ↑programme, ↑quest, ↑reform, ↑remedy, ↑research, ↑strategy, ↑study, ↑subject, ↑suit, ↑vendetta, ↑vision, ↑vocation

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