May 21, 2016
pursuit (noun)
\per-SOOT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : the act of following in order to catch up with and seize2 : an activity done especially for pleasure
How do you use it?
Skiing is one of Mary's favorite wintertime pursuits.
Are you a word wiz?

The roots of "pursuit" lead to the Latin root word "sequi," meaning "to follow." Which of these words do you think is a relative of "pursuit" and comes from that same root?

We hope you chose C in your pursuit of the correct answer. "Pursuit" traces back (by way of French) to the Latin word "prosequi." Latin speakers formed "prosequi" by combining "pro-" (meaning "forward") with "sequi" (meaning "to follow"). We find "sequi" at the root of a number of English words that have to do with following or coming after. Some examples are "consequence," "sequel," and "second." A "consequence" comes after or is the result of a preceding action. A "sequel" continues the course of something begun earlier, such as a story in a book or movie. And something that is "second" follows something that is first.
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