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sue

Definition of sue

Etymology

    From Anglo-Norman suer, siwer et al., Old French sivre (“follow after”) ( > French suivre), from Vulgar Latin *sequere (“follow”), from Latin sequi.

Pronunciation

Verb

sue (third-person singular simple present sues, present participle suing, simple past and past participle sued)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To follow.
  2. (transitive) To file a legal action against someone, generally a non-criminal action.
  3. (transitive) To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to entreat; to plead.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To court.

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