From Middle English seuen, sewen, siwen, borrowed from Anglo-Norman suer, siwer et al. and Old French sivre (“to follow after”) ( > French suivre), from Vulgar Latin *sequere (“to follow”), from Latin sequi. Cognate with Italian seguire and Spanish seguir. Doublet of segue. Related to suit.
sue (third-person singular simple present sues, present participle suing, simple past and past participle sued)
- (transitive) To file a legal action against someone, generally a non-criminal action.
- (transitive, intransitive) To seek by request; to make application; to petition; to entreat; to plead.
- (transitive, falconry, of a hawk) To clean (the beak, etc.).
- (transitive, nautical) To leave high and dry on shore.
- (obsolete, transitive) To court.
- (obsolete, transitive) To follow.