prosecute-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: take legal action against, as in court

They said that journalists can be prosecuted under current espionage laws.
Compton prosecuted him for slander.
The representation of a defendant by an attorney who prosecuted him gives
rise to a consequential appearance of impropriety.
Shoplifters will be prosecuted.

VerbNet: judgement-33
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: prosecute.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: carry out or complete an activity

Secure under the protection of France, the king of Spain prosecuted a career of misgovernment.
He prosecuted a career which saw him named as the youngest partner in the firm.
He afterwards studied law, which study he prosecuted several years in France.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3