sue


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sue \Sue\, v. i.
   1. To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to
      entreat; to plead.
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            By adverse destiny constrained to sue
            For counsel and redress, he sues to you. --Pope.
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            Caesar came to Rome to sue for the double honor of a
            triumph and the consulship.           --C.
                                                  Middleton.
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            The Indians were defeated and sued for peace.
                                                  --Jefferson.
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   2. (Law) To prosecute; to make legal claim; to seek (for
      something) in law; as, to sue for damages.
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   3. To woo; to pay addresses as a lover. --Massinger.
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   4. (Naut.) To be left high and dry on the shore, as a ship.
      --R. H. Dana, Jr.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sue \Sue\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sued; p. pr. & vb. n. Suing.]
   [OE. suen, sewen, siwen, OF. sivre (pres.ind. 3d sing. il
   siut, suit, he follows, nous sevons we follow), LL. sequere,
   for L. sequi, secutus; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. sac to accompany,
   and probably to E. see, v.t. See See, v. t., and cf.
   Consequence, Ensue, Execute, Obsequious, Pursue,
   Second, Sect in religion, Sequence, Suit.]
   1. To follow up; to chase; to seek after; to endeavor to win;
      to woo.
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            For yet there was no man that haddle him sued.
                                                  --Chaucer.
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            I was beloved of many a gentle knight,
            And sued and sought with all the service due.
                                                  --Spenser.
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            Sue me, and woo me, and flatter me.   --Tennyson.
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   2. (Law)
      (a) To seek justice or right from, by legal process; to
          institute process in law against; to bring an action
          against; to prosecute judicially.
      (b) To proceed with, as an action, and follow it up to its
          proper termination; to gain by legal process.
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   3. (Falconry) To clean, as the beak; -- said of a hawk.
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   4. (Naut.) To leave high and dry on shore; as, to sue a ship.
      --R. H. Dana, Jr.
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   To sue out (Law), to petition for and take out, or to apply
      for and obtain; as, to sue out a writ in chancery; to sue
      out a pardon for a criminal.
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