From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Prosecute \Pros"e*cute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prosecuted; p.
   pr. & vb. n. Prosecuting.] [L. prosecutus, p. p. of
   prosequi to follow, pursue. See Pursue.]
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   1. To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or
      accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry
      on; to continue; as, to prosecute a scheme, hope, or
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            I am beloved Hermia;
            Why should not I, then, prosecute my right ? --Shak.
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   2. To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a
      right or a claim in a court of law.
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   3. (Law) To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse
      of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress
      or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against
      judicially; as, to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a
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            To acquit themselves and prosecute their foes.
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