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chase

verb

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1 to drive or force out
  • chased the cat out of the garden

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2 to go after or on the track of
  • a dog that likes to chase cars

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3 to seek out (game) for food or sport
  • owls often chase mice in the dark

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chase

noun

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1 an animal that is hunted or killed
  • the gazelle is a favorite chase of lions

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2 the act of going after or in the tracks of another
  • a high-speed car chase

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Frequently Asked Questions About chase

How is the word chase distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of chase are follow, pursue, and trail. While all these words 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

When could follow be used to replace chase?

The words follow and chase are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, follow puts less emphasis upon speed or intent to overtake.

friends followed me home in their car

When is it sensible to use pursue instead of chase?

While the synonyms pursue and chase are close in meaning, pursue suggests a continuing effort to overtake, reach, or attain.

pursued the criminal through narrow streets

When can trail be used instead of chase?

The synonyms trail and chase are sometimes interchangeable, but 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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The first known use of chase was in the 13th century

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“Chase.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/chase. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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