The act or process of prosecuting, or of endeavoring
to gain or accomplish something; pursuit by efforts of body or mind;
as, the prosecution of a scheme, plan, design, or undertaking; the
prosecution of war.
The institution and carrying on of a suit in a court
of law or equity, to obtain some right, or to redress and punish some
wrong; the carrying on of a judicial proceeding in behalf of a
complaining party, as distinguished from defense.
The institution, or commencement, and continuance of a
criminal suit; the process of exhibiting formal charges against an
offender before a legal tribunal, and pursuing them to final judgment
on behalf of the state or government, as by indictment or information.
The party by whom criminal proceedings are instituted.