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.
trailed a suspect across the country
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According to the department, the boy unlocked the vehicle with keys hidden inside the cab and was taken into custody following the chase before being put in a juvenile detention center.—Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 Another concern pointed to an officer's use of a patrol vehicle's push bumpers to close the driver's door of Walker's vehicle amid the car chase.—Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 28 Nov. 2023 If there weren’t any more car chases, something would be terribly wrong.—Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2023 Virginia State Police have charged a D.C. police officer with a felony for eluding troopers in a car chase late Wednesday night that ended in a crash.—Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 The rise in deaths appeared to closely track the rise in chases by the state police.—J. David Goodman Verónica G. Cárdenas, New York Times, 24 Nov. 2023 At least 13 people have been killed during police chases in the St. Louis area in the past year and a half, including several victims not involved in the pursuits, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.—Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 23 Nov. 2023 The script depicted Bella as a superstar athlete and ended with her in a chase with the FBI (on jet skis).—Carly Thomas, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 Diana’s oft-contentious, sometimes symbiotic dynamic with Britain’s tabloids reached its peak on August 31, 1997, when an early morning car chase with photographers eager to capture footage of her and her new beau, Dodi al-Fayed, took a fatal turn.—Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023
In recent years, scientists have been chasing after drugs that might stave off this heartbreak by extending the lives of our canine companions.—Emily Anthes, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Police chased him for about 10 seconds before officers fired from multiple directions, a burst of shots that lasted 6 or 7 seconds.—S. Dev, CBS News, 28 Nov. 2023 Wall Street shrugged as streaming services lost money chasing Netflix, but those days are over.—Erica Werner, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 The Porsche exited the freeway during the pursuit, and deputies continued to chase the Lexus.—Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 On Monday, the actress attended the U.K. premiere of her Disney movie Wish and handed out some advice to anyone who's chasing a dream.—Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 But what about the pitfalls of chasing purpose without profit?—Alan Murray, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 One of the title’s best, absolutely absurd sequences involves Mario chasing Peach—who’s strapped to the back of her captor, a bearded weirdo named Booster—uphill, dodging barrels and minions as she’s rushed off to a chapel to get married against her will.—WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 The group was reportedly being chased by members of the paparazzi on motorcycles.—Nicole Briese, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French chace, from chacer — see chaseentry 2
Middle English, from Anglo-French chacer, from Vulgar Latin *captiare — more at catch
Middle English, modification of Anglo-French enchaser to set
French chas eye of a needle, from Late Latin capsus enclosed space, alteration of Latin capsa box — more at case
probably from French châsse frame, reliquary, from Middle French chasse, from Latin capsa