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English noun: pursuit

1. pursuit (act) the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

SamplesThe culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit.

Synonymschase, following, pursual

Broader (hypernym)motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)shadowing, stalk, stalking, tailing, tracking, trailing

2. pursuit (cognition) a search for an alternative that meets cognitive criteria

SamplesThe pursuit of love.
Life is more than the pursuance of fame.
A quest for wealth.

Synonymspursuance, quest

Broader (hypernym)search

Narrower (hyponym)wild-goose chase

3. pursuit (act) an auxiliary activity

Synonymsavocation, by-line, hobby, sideline, spare-time activity

Broader (hypernym)interest, pastime, pursuit

Narrower (hyponym)spelaeology, speleology

4. pursuit (act) a diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly)

SamplesSailing is her favorite pastime.
His main pastime is gambling.
He counts reading among his interests.
They criticized the boy for his limited pursuits.

Synonymsinterest, pastime

Broader (hypernym)diversion, recreation

Narrower (hyponym)avocation, by-line, hobby, pursuit, sideline, spare-time activity

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