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chase

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noun \ˈchās\

Definition of chase

  1. 1 a :  the hunting of wild animals —used with the b :  the act of chasing :  pursuit c :  an earnest or frenzied seeking after something desired

  2. 2 :  something pursued :  quarry

  3. 3 :  a tract of unenclosed land used as a game preserve

  4. 4 :  steeplechase 1

  5. 5 :  a sequence (as in a movie) in which the characters pursue one another



Origin of chase

Middle English, from Anglo-French chace, from chacer


First Known Use: 13th century


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chase

verb,

Definition of chase

chasedchasing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to follow rapidly :  pursue b :  hunt c :  to follow regularly or persistently with the intention of attracting or alluring

  3. 2 obsolete :  harass

  4. 3 :  to seek out —often used with down <detectives chasing down clues>

  5. 4 :  to cause to depart or flee :  drive <chase the dog out of the garden>

  6. 5 :  to cause the removal of (a baseball pitcher) by a batting rally

  7. 6 :  to swing at (a baseball pitched out of the strike zone)

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to chase an animal, person, or thing <chase after material possessions>

  10. 2 :  rush, hasten <chased all over town looking for a place to stay>



Origin of chase

Middle English, from Anglo-French chacer, from Vulgar Latin *captiare — more at catch


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of chase

chase, pursue, follow, trail mean to go after or on the track of something or someone. chase implies going swiftly after and trying to overtake something fleeing or running <a dog chasing a cat>. pursue suggests a continuing effort to overtake, reach, or attain <pursued the criminal through narrow streets>. follow puts less emphasis upon speed or intent to overtake <friends followed me home in their car>. trail may stress a following of tracks or traces rather than a visible object <trail deer> <trailed a suspect across the country>.

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chase

verb,

Definition of chase

chasedchasing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to ornament (metal) by indenting with a hammer and tools without a cutting edge b :  to make by such indentation c :  to set with gems

  3. 2 a :  groove, indent b :  to cut (a thread) with a chaser



Origin of chase

Middle English, modification of Anglo-French enchaser to set


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Jewelry Terms


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chase

noun

Definition of chase

  1. 1 :  groove, furrow

  2. 2 :  the bore of a cannon

  3. 3 a :  trench b :  a channel (as in a wall) for something to lie in or pass through



Origin of chase

French chas eye of a needle, from Late Latin capsus enclosed space, alteration of Latin capsa box — more at case


First Known Use: 1611


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chase

noun

Definition of chase

  1. :  a rectangular steel or iron frame in which letterpress matter is locked (as for printing)



Origin of chase

probably from French châsse frame, reliquary, from Middle French chasse, from Latin capsa


First Known Use: 1612


Chase

play
biographical name \ˈchās\

Definition of Chase

  1. Mary Ellen 1887–1973 Am. educ. & author




Chase

biographical name

Definition of Chase

  1. Sal*mon play \ˈsa-mən, ˈsal-\ Portland 1808–1873 Am. statesman; chief justice United States Supreme Court (1864–73)





CHASE Defined for Kids

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chase

play
noun \ˈchās\

Definition of chase for Students

  1. :  the act of following quickly in order to capture or catch up with :  pursuit <Police caught the bank robbers after a chase.>




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chase

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verb

Definition of chase for Students

chasedchasing

  1. 1 :  to follow quickly in order to catch up with or capture <chase a thief> <chase a bus>

  2. 2 :  to drive away or out <She chased the rabbit away.>





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