The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Prosecute \Pros"e*cute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prosecuted; p.
pr. & vb. n. Prosecuting.] [L. prosecutus, p. p. of
prosequi to follow, pursue. See Pursue.]
1. 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
I am beloved Hermia;
Why should not I, then, prosecute my right ? --Shak.
2. To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a
right or a claim in a court of law.
3. (Law) 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
To acquit themselves and prosecute their foes.