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.