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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Sue

SUE, verb transitive su. [Latin sequor. See Seek and Essay.]

1. To seek justice or right from one by legal process; to institute process in law against one; to prosecute in a civil action for the recovery of a real or supposed right; as, to sue one for debt; to sue one for damages in trespass. Matthew 5:40.

2. To gain by legal process.

3. To clean the beak, as a hawk; a term of falconry.

To sue out, 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.

SUE, verb intransitive To prosecute; to make legal claim; to seek for in law; as, to sue for damages.

1. To seek by request; to apply for; to petition; to entreat.

By adverse destiny constrain'd to sue

For counsel and redress, he sues to you.

2. To make interest for; to demand.

Caesar come to Rome to sue for the double honor of a triumph and the consulship.