Pursue vs Spark - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between pursue and spark
is that pursue
is (obsolete|transitive) to follow with harmful intent; to try to harm, to persecute, torment while spark
is to trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc) or spark
can be to woo, court.
As a noun spark is
a small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire or spark
can be a gallant, a foppish young man.
(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
* 2009 , Martin Chulov, ‘Iraqi shoe-thrower claims he suffered torture in jail’, The Guardian , 15 Sep 09:
- The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have pursued' me, they shall ' pursue you also.
To follow, travel down (a particular way, course of action etc.).
- He now feared for his life, and believed US intelligence agents would pursue him.
To aim for, go after (a specified objective, situation etc.).
* 2009 , Benjamin Pogrund, ‘Freeze won't hurt Netanyahu’, The Guardian , 1 Dec 09:
- Her rival pursued a quite different course.
To participate in (an activity, business etc.); to practise, follow (a profession).
- He even stands to gain in world terms: his noisy critics strengthen his projected image of a man determined to pursue peace with Palestinians.
From Middle English sparke, sperke, from Old English spearca, from (etyl) ).
A small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire.
A short or small burst of electrical discharge.
A small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle.
(figuratively) A small amount of something, such as an idea, that has the potential to become something greater, just as a spark can start a fire.
* John Locke
- if any spark of life be yet remaining
* 2013 , Phil McNulty, "[http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23830980]", BBC Sport , 1 September 2013:
- We have here and there a little clear light, some sparks of bright knowledge .
(in plural'' sparks ''but treated as a singular ) A ship's radio operator.
(UK, slang) An electrician.
- Everton's Marouane Fellaini looks one certain arrival but Moyes, who also saw United held to a draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday, needs even more of a spark in a midfield that looked laboured by this team's standards.
* beginnings, germ, glimmer
* bright spark
* spark arrester
* spark coil
* spark gap
* spark knock
* spark of life
* spark plug
* spark transmitter
* sparks fly
To trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc).
, date=May 5
, author=Phil McNulty
, title=Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=The introduction of substitute Andy Carroll sparked
Liverpool into life and he pulled a goal back just after the hour - and thought he had equalised as Kenny Dalglish's side laid siege to Chelsea's goal in the closing stages.}}
To give off a spark or sparks.
* spark off
probably Scandinavian, akin to (etyl) sparkr 'sprightly'
A gallant, a foppish young man.
A beau, lover.
- The finest sparks and cleanest beaux.