Pursue vs Harbour - What's the difference?

pursue | harbour |

In lang=en terms the difference between pursue and harbour

is that pursue is to participate in (an activity, business etc); to practise, follow (a profession) while harbour is to accept, as with a belief.

As verbs the difference between pursue and harbour

is that pursue is (obsolete|transitive) to follow with harmful intent; to try to harm, to persecute, torment while harbour is to provide shelter or refuge for.

As a noun harbour is

(obsolete|uncountable) shelter, refuge.




  • (obsolete) To follow with harmful intent; to try to harm, to persecute, torment.
  • To follow urgently, originally with intent to capture or harm; to chase.
  • * Wyclif Bible, John xv. 20
  • The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have pursued' me, they shall ' pursue you also.
  • * 2009 , Martin Chulov, ‘Iraqi shoe-thrower claims he suffered torture in jail’, The Guardian , 15 Sep 09:
  • He now feared for his life, and believed US intelligence agents would pursue him.
  • To follow, travel down (a particular way, course of action etc.).
  • Her rival pursued a quite different course.
  • To aim for, go after (a specified objective, situation etc.).
  • * 2009 , Benjamin Pogrund, ‘Freeze won't hurt Netanyahu’, The Guardian , 1 Dec 09:
  • He even stands to gain in world terms: his noisy critics strengthen his projected image of a man determined to pursue peace with Palestinians.
  • To participate in (an activity, business etc.); to practise, follow (a profession).
  • See also

    * follow * chase



    Alternative forms

    * herberwe (obsolete) * herborough (obsolete) * harbor (now US)


    (wikipedia harbour)
  • (en noun) (British, Canada)
  • (obsolete, uncountable) Shelter, refuge.
  • A place of shelter or refuge.
  • The neighbourhood is a well-known harbour for petty thieves.
  • (obsolete) A house of the zodiac.
  • * Late 14th century: To ech of hem his tyme and his seson, / As thyn herberwe chaungeth lowe or heighe — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin’s Tale’, Canterbury Tales
  • A sheltered area for ships; a piece of water adjacent to land in which ships may stop to load and unload.
  • The city has an excellent natural harbour .
  • (astrology) The mansion of a heavenly body.
  • A mixing box for materials in glass-working.
  • Derived terms

    * harbourage * harbourmaster * unharboured


    (en verb)
  • To provide shelter or refuge for.
  • The docks, which once harboured''' tall ships, now '''harbour only petty thieves.
  • * Bishop Burnet
  • The bare suspicion made it treason to harbour the person suspected.
  • * Rowe
  • Let not your gentle breast harbour one thought of outrage.
  • To accept, as with a belief.
  • That scientist harbours the belief that God created humans.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=September 7 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Moldova 0-5 England , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=If Moldova harboured even the slightest hopes of pulling off a comeback that would have bordered on miraculous given their lack of quality, they were snuffed out 13 minutes before the break when Oxlade-Chamberlain picked his way through midfield before releasing Defoe for a finish that should have been dealt with more convincingly by Namasco at his near post.}}

    See also

    * dock * haven