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Definition of "sue" []

  • Law To petition (a court) for redress of grievances or recovery of a right. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To institute proceedings against (a person) for redress of grievances. (verb-transitive)
  • Law To carry (an action) through to a final decision. (verb-transitive)
  • To court; woo. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To make a petition to; appeal to; beseech. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sue" in a sentence
  • "To be sure, there are circumstances, in patent law, for example, where a covenant not to sue is roughly equivalent to a licence."
  • "I have always wondered if threatening to sue is considerd an offence."
  • "Picking people out of a hat to sue is terrible when most of the people doing the downloading/sharing are kids."