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Definition of SUE

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Sue \Sue\, v. i.
     1. To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to entreat; to plead. [1913 Webster]

              By adverse destiny constrained to sue For counsel and redress, he sues to you. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

              Caesar came to Rome to sue for the double honor of a triumph and the consulship.           --C. Middleton. [1913 Webster]

              The Indians were defeated and sued for peace.
                                                    --Jefferson. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Law) To prosecute; to make legal claim; to seek (for something) in law; as, to sue for damages. [1913 Webster]

     3. To woo; to pay addresses as a lover. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Naut.) To be left high and dry on the shore, as a ship.
        --R. H. Dana, Jr.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Sue \Sue\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Suing}.] [OE. suen, sewen, siwen, OF. sivre (pres.ind. 3d sing. il siut, suit, he follows, nous sevons we follow), LL. sequere, for L. sequi, secutus; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. sac to accompany, and probably to E. see, v.t. See {See}, v. t., and cf. {Consequence}, {Ensue}, {Execute}, {Obsequious}, {Pursue}, {Second}, {Sect} in religion, {Sequence}, {Suit}.]
     1. To follow up; to chase; to seek after; to endeavor to win; to woo. [1913 Webster]

              For yet there was no man that haddle him sued.
                                                    --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              I was beloved of many a gentle knight, And sued and sought with all the service due.
                                                    --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

              Sue me, and woo me, and flatter me.   --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     2. (Law)
        (a) To seek justice or right from, by legal process; to institute process in law against; to bring an action against; to prosecute judicially. (b) To proceed with, as an action, and follow it up to its proper termination; to gain by legal process. [1913 Webster]

     3. (Falconry) To clean, as the beak; -- said of a hawk. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Naut.) To leave high and dry on shore; as, to sue a ship.
        --R. H. Dana, Jr.
        [1913 Webster]

     {To sue out} (Law), to petition for and take out, or to apply for and obtain; as, to sue out a writ in chancery; to sue out a pardon for a criminal. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

53 Moby Thesaurus words for "sue":
     address, angle for, apply to, beau, bid for, bring action against, bring into court, bring suit, bring to justice, bring to trial, call on, call upon, canvass, chase, circulate a petition, court, drag into court, esquire, fish for, follow, go into litigation, go to law, implead, law, lay siege to, litigate, look for, make suit to, memorialize, pay attention to, pay court to, petition, pop the question, pray, prefer a petition, prosecute, prosecute at law, pursue, put in suit, put on trial, seek, seek in law, seek justice, serenade, sign a petition, solicit, spark, squire, sue for, swain, sweetheart, take to court, woo

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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