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Synonyms for prosecute
ˈprɒs ɪˌkyut

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosecute(verb)

    conduct a prosecution in a court of law

    Synonyms:
    engage, pursue

    Antonyms:
    defend, represent

  2. prosecute(verb)

    bring a criminal action against (in a trial)

    "The State of California prosecuted O.J. Simpson"

    Synonyms:
    engage, pursue

    Antonyms:
    represent, defend

  3. prosecute, engage, pursue(verb)

    carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

    "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"

    Synonyms:
    rent, quest for, act on, occupy, follow up on, engross, charter, mesh, operate, employ, absorb, engage, go after, follow, affiance, hire, betroth, lock, take, wage, pursue, lease, quest after, plight, enlist

    Antonyms:
    defend, represent

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. prosecute

    Arraign is an official word; a person accused of crime is arraigned when he is formally called into court, the indictment read to him, and the demand made of him to plead guilty or not guilty; in more extended use, to arraign is to call in question for fault in any formal, public, or official way. One may charge another with any fault, great or trifling, privately or publicly, formally or informally. Accuse is stronger than charge, suggesting more of the formal and criminal; a person may charge a friend with unkindness or neglect; he may accuse a tramp of stealing. Censure carries the idea of fault, but not of crime; it may be private and individual, or public and official. A judge, a president, or other officer of high rank may be impeached before the appropriate tribunal for high crimes; the veracity of a witness may be impeached by damaging evidence. A person of the highest character may be summoned as defendant in a civil suit; or he may be cited to answer as administrator, etc. Indict and arraign apply strictly to criminal proceedings, and only an alleged criminal is indicted or arraigned. One is indicted by the grand jury, and arraigned before the appropriate court.

    Synonyms:
    accuse, arraign, censure, charge, cite, impeach, indict, summon

    Antonyms:
    acquit, condone, discharge, excuse, exonerate, forgive, overlook, pardon, pardon, release, set free

    Preposition:
    Arraign at the bar, before the tribunal, of or for a crime; on or upon an indictment.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. prosecute

    Synonyms:
    follow, pursue, investigate, conduct, summon, arraign, persevere, carry on, persist, sue

    Antonyms:
    drop, discontinue, abandon, misconduct, misinvestigate, missoperate, exonerate, acquit

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. prosecute(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    pursue, continue, follow out, carry out, carry on, persevere in

  2. prosecute(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    arraign, take the law of, bring before a court

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How to use prosecute in a sentence?

  1. Hugh Dugan:

    Retribution for victims is rarely if at all available through U.N. processes, here’s thinking out of the box: Might victims be so motivated to bring the first sexual abuse case to the International Criminal Court? It was set up to prosecute individuals — not states — for the international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals. Filing such a case would challenge the culture of wristslapping and impunity, which is likely to persist.

  2. William Wilmoth:

    These guys have every right to have off-center political views, but when they made affirmative steps to blow up an actual federal facility... we thought it was an important place for us to go and prosecute.

  3. Jeff Sessions:

    The Department of Justice has a duty to prosecute these crimes vigorously, particularly so for individuals who commit fraud in the naturalization process.

  4. President Hassan Rouhani:

    Further investigation is needed to identify all the causes and roots of this tragedy and prosecute the perpetrators of this unforgivable mistake and inform the honorable people of Iran and the families of the victims about it, it is also necessary to adopt the required arrangements and measures to address the weaknesses of the country's defense systems to make sure such a disaster is never repeated.

  5. James Comeys:

    As deputy attorney general, you are move involved in policy making, but in terms of the principles of the department and how we conduct our investigations and who we prosecute, those decisions are going to be made in the same way they have always been made.

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