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Prosecute

To follow through; to commence and continue an action or judicial proceeding to its ultimate conclusion. To proceed against a defendant by charging that person with a crime and bringing him or her to trial.

The state, on behalf of the people, generally prosecutes a defendant accused of a crime.

prosecute

v. 1) in criminal law, to charge a person with a crime and thereafter pursue the case through trial on behalf of the government. This is normally the function of the District Attorney (called States Attorney or city prosecutor in some places) and the United States Attorney in federal criminal cases. A state Attorney General may prosecute in crimes of statewide importance, and the United States Attorney General, through the Solicitor General, may prosecute for crimes involving matters of national significance. 2) to conduct any legal action by a lawyer on behalf of a client, including both civil and criminal cases, but most commonly referring to prosecution for crimes. (See: prosecution, prosecutor, District Attorney, Attorney General)

prosecute

(Carry forward), verb advance, be resolute in, be steadfast, bring about, bring to pass, carry on, carry out, conduct, continue, follow up, go after, maintain, persevere in, persist, proceed with, pursue, put through
Associated concepts: dismissal for want of prosecution, faillre to prosecute, prosecute a claim, prosecute an action

prosecute

(Charge), verb accusare, arraign, bring accion against, bring before a court, bring suit, bring to justice, file a charge, file a claim, prefer a claim, prefer charges, prooeed against civilly, proceed against criminally, sue, summon, take one to court
Associated concepts: prosecute for a criminal offense, prosscuting attorney
See also: accuse, arraign, charge, complain, incriminate, lodge, pursue
References in classic literature ?
Of them all, perhaps, De Bracy least regretted the interruption; for his conference with the Lady Rowena had arrived at a point, where he found it equally difficult to prosecute or to resign his enterprise.
Several days elapsed before Wolfert could summon courage enough to prosecute the enterprise, so much had he been dismayed by the apparition, whether living or dead, of the grisly buccaneer.
Oh, I'll prosecute you all right," retorted the Prosecuting Attorney.
Also you will have to prosecute this Patsy Horan," Watson advised; "for I shall now have him arrested for assault and battery.
If you feel that way, I should like to get a lawyer to prosecute the case," said Watson.
I am paid by the People to prosecute, and prosecute I will.
She had lately remitted the trespass of a stage-coachman, who had overturned her post-chaise into a ditch; nay, she had even broken the law, in refusing to prosecute a highwayman who had robbed her, not only of a sum of money, but of her ear-rings; at the same time d--ning her, and saying, "Such handsome b--s as you don't want jewels to set them off, and be d--n'd to you.
As I had anticipated, no one was present to prosecute the case against me--the necessary formalities were observed, and I was discharged.
The Danville Commonwealth Attorney s Office primarily prosecutes criminal cases in the City of Danville, Virginia.
Sometimes the Prosecutor General prosecutes then our courts are not finalising the cases.
Cooley's Public Integrity Division, which prosecutes crimes involving public officials and public employees, has reviewed more than 950 complaints since the office was formed in 2001 and filed 70 criminal cases.
How Mexico prosecutes juveniles who are accused of committing serious and violent crimes represents another difference between the United States and Mexico that arises from time to time.