AskDefine | Define sue

Dictionary Definition

Sue n : French writer whose novels described the sordid side of city life (1804-1857) [syn: Eugene Sue] v : institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against; "He was warned that the district attorney would process him"; "She actioned the company for discrimination" [syn: action, litigate, process]

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From Middle English sue, meaning continue or persevere, from Old French sivre, "follow after", from Vulgar Latin sequere, follow, from Latin deponent verb sequi.


  • /suː/, /su:/
  • Rhymes: -uː


  1. To file a legal action against someone, generally a non-criminal action.

Related terms


to file a legal action




  • / suːɛ / or / suːeɪ /, / su:E / or / su:eI /





  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, suer
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, suer
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, suer



From Latin suae (same meaning)


sue p

Extensive Definition

Sue may refer to:

As an acronym

As a name

In American law

  • the action of filing a lawsuit before a court of law

In music

Other uses

sue in German: Sue
sue in Dutch: Sue

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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