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PURSUIT, noun The act of following with a view to overtake; a following with haste, either for sport or in hostility; as the pursuit of game; the pursuit of an enemy.

1. A following with a view to reach, accomplish or obtain; endeavor to attain to or gain; as the pursuit of knowledge; the pursuit of happiness or pleasure; the pursuit of power, of honor, of distinction, of a phantom.

2. Proceeding; course of business or occupation; continued employment with a view to some end; as mercantile pursuits; literary pursuits.

3. Prosecution; continuance of endeavor.