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
Examples of trail in a Sentence
The little girl went to her room, trailing her teddy bear behind her.
The dog's leash was trailing along the ground.
The little girl's teddy bear trailed behind her.
He trailed us as we worked our way up the mountain.
The President is trailing in the polls as the election approaches.
We were trailing by 3 runs at the end of the 6th inning.
Our team trailed their team at the end of the 6th inning. Noun
Stay on the trail if we get separated.
The car left a trail of smoke as it sped off.
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Recent Examples on the Web
The small-cap index’s 3% year-to-date return significantly trails the Dow’s 8% gain, S&P’s 19% jump and Nasdaq’s 36% surge.—Derek Saul, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The film opens as a car cruises along the highway at night, the Río skyline across the waterway as soft music trails the travel.—Holly Jones, Variety, 30 Nov. 2023 While trailing its namesake benchmark, it’s beaten nearly every US active manager over the past decade.—Emily Graffeo, Fortune, 27 Nov. 2023 That same Fox News poll that had Biden trailing Haley also found Trump leading Democratic alternatives like Whitmer and Vice President Kamala Harris in a theoretical matchup.—Leah Askarinam, ABC News, 21 Nov. 2023 Even more worrying for Democrats, the same poll found Biden trailing former President Donald Trump.—Haisten Willis, Washington Examiner, 20 Nov. 2023 Young voters: A number of public polls show that Joe Biden is trailing behind Donald Trump among young voters ages 18 to 34.—Elizabeth Both, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 Senior West Gartland finished with three goals as well for the Vikings, who never trailed after taking a 4-2 lead with the last four goals of the first quarter.—Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 The Huskies trailed 43-42 after a one-yard touchdown run by Cornell Hatcher Jr. and went for the win by trying a two-point conversion.—Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023
The single bullet left a trail of destruction inside her body.—Pierre Thomas, ABC News, 1 Dec. 2023 The Iowa native was found dead on Sept. 14, 1974, on the side of a trail in what is now Aliso Viejo.—Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 The victim was on her daily walk on a trail in Leakin Park about 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7 when a man on a bench began talking to her about the weather, according to the charging documents.—Antonio Planas, NBC News, 29 Nov. 2023 Completed in October 2022, the board-and-batten and corrugated copper-roof structure is nestled amid a double corner lot, just steps from world-class surf breaks, beaches, hiking trails, and the shops and restaurants of Hanalei Town.—Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 29 Nov. 2023 Get an early start to avoid the heat, and bring a bathing suit to enjoy where the trail meets the sea.—Carley Rojas Avila, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 The long hike to the Chocolate Wall follows a steep trail up the side of the mountain, surrounded primarily by invasive pampas grass.—Maura Fox, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Nov. 2023 To go all out and enjoy the spirit of the season, adorn your nails with tiny trails of tinsel or delicate snowflakes.—Georgia Day, Vogue, 25 Nov. 2023 Political reporters took notice of her vivacity on the trail.—Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, perhaps from Anglo-French *trailer, alteration of trainer to drag, trail on the ground — more at train