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chase

noun \ ˈchās \

Definition of chase

1 a : the hunting of wild animals used with the
b : the act of chasing : pursuit
  • The police caught the robbers after a high-speed chase on the highway.
c : an earnest or frenzied seeking after something desired
  • this mad chase of fame
  • —John Dryden
2 : something pursued : quarry
  • A fox was the hunter's chase.
3 : a tract of unenclosed land used as a game preserve
4 : steeplechase 1
  • observed the chase with binoculars
5 : a sequence (as in a movie) in which the characters pursue one another
  • The movie's chases involved cars and helicopters.

Origin and Etymology of chase

Middle English, from Anglo-French chace, from chacer — see 2chase


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chase

verb

Definition of chase

chased; chasing
transitive verb
1 a : to follow rapidly : pursue
  • a dog chasing a rabbit
b : hunt
c : to follow regularly or persistently with the intention of attracting or alluring
  • He was always chasing after women.
2 obsolete : harass
3 : to seek out often used with down
  • detectives chasing down clues
4 : to cause to depart or flee : drive
  • chase the dog out of the garden
5 : to cause the removal of (a baseball pitcher) by a batting rally
6 : to swing at (a baseball pitched out of the strike zone)
intransitive verb
1 : to chase an animal, person, or thing
  • chase after material possessions
2 : rush, hasten
  • chased all over town looking for a place to stay

Origin and Etymology of chase

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

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

chased; chasing
transitive verb
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
2 a : groove, indent
b : to cut (a thread) with a chaser

Origin and Etymology of chase

Middle English, modification of Anglo-French enchaser to set

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chase

noun

Definition of chase

1 : groove, furrow
2 : the bore of a cannon
3 a : trench
b : a channel (as in a wall) for something to lie in or pass through

Origin and Etymology of chase

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


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chase

noun

Definition of chase

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

Origin and Etymology of chase

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


Chase

biographical name \ ˈchās \

Definition of Chase

Mary Ellen 1887–1973 American educator and author

Chase

biographical name

Definition of Chase

Sal*mon play \ˈsa-mən, ˈsal-\ Portland 1808–1873 American statesman; chief justice U.S. Supreme Court (1864–73)


CHASE Defined for Kids

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chase

noun \ ˈchās \

Definition of chase for Students

: 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

verb

Definition of chase for Students

chased; chasing
1 : to follow quickly in order to catch up with or capture
  • chase a thief
  • chase a bus
2 : to drive away or out
  • She chased the rabbit away.

Synonym Discussion of chase

chase, pursue, and follow mean to go after someone or something. chase is used of someone or something moving swiftly in order to catch up with something.
    • The children chased the ball.
pursue is used of a long, continual chase.
    • They pursued the enemy for miles.
follow does not suggest speed or a desire to actually catch up with something.
    • This dog followed me home.


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