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Sue \Sue\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sued; p. pr. & vb. n. Suing.] [OE. suen, sewen, siwen, OF. sivre (pres.ind. 3d sing. il siut, suit, he follows, nous sevons we follow), LL. sequere, for L. sequi, secutus; akin to Gr. ?, Skr. sac to accompany, and probably to E. see, v.t. See See, v. t., and cf. Consequence, Ensue, Execute, Obsequious, Pursue, Second, Sect in religion, Sequence, Suit.]

  1. To follow up; to chase; to seek after; to endeavor to win; to woo.

    For yet there was no man that haddle him sued.

    I was beloved of many a gentle knight, And sued and sought with all the service due.

    Sue me, and woo me, and flatter me.

  2. (Law)

    1. To seek justice or right from, by legal process; to institute process in law against; to bring an action against; to prosecute judicially.

    2. To proceed with, as an action, and follow it up to its proper termination; to gain by legal process.

  3. (Falconry) To clean, as the beak; -- said of a hawk.

  4. (Naut.) To leave high and dry on shore; as, to sue a ship.
    --R. H. Dana, Jr.

    To sue out (Law), 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.


vb. (en-past of: sue)

Usage examples of "sued".

His father had once sued her father, and who won and who lost would never be clear.

His father had sued Bennett eighteen years earlier over a bad real estate deal in Alexandria.

Plus, in most jurisdictions, the doctors get sued because they prescribed the drug in the first place.

But behind his locked office door he was uneasy and fretted about the haste with which he had sued Goffman.

Second, if she ever got sued, she did not want the jury to hear about a jet.

Nothing wrong with a good ambush, but at least the companies he had sued knew they had trouble brewing.

Goffman had already been sued by Dale Mooneyham over Maxatil, and other trial lawyers were circling.

Clay Carter, the so-called newest King of Torts, received a taste of his own medicine yesterday when he was sued by some disgruntled clients.

In the year of the Lord 1429, the strife between them that followed Sueder and them that clave to Rodolph--who had been chosen to be Bishop--still continued, and heavy threats were made against the Regulars in that they obeyed the letter of the Apostolic See and the commandments of Sueder, Bishop of Utrecht.