to pursue in order to seize, overtake, etc.: The police officer chased the thief.
to pursue with intent to capture or kill, as game; hunt: to chase deer.
to follow or devote one's attention to with the hope of attracting, winning, gaining, etc.: He chased her for three years before she consented to marry him.
to drive or expel by force, threat, or harassment: She chased the cat out of the room.
to follow in pursuit: to chase after someone.
to rush or hasten: We spent the weekend chasing around from one store to another.
the act of chasing; pursuit: The chase lasted a day.
an object of pursuit; something chased.
Chiefly British. a private game preserve; a tract of privately owned land reserved for, and sometimes stocked with, animals and birds to be hunted.
British. the right of keeping game or of hunting on the land of others.
the chase, the sport or occupation of hunting: the excitement of the chase.
give chase, to pursue: The hunt began and the dogs gave chase.
Idioms about chase
cut to the chase, Informal. to get to the main point.
- chase·a·ble, adjective
- chased , chaste
Other definitions for chase (2 of 4)
a rectangular iron frame in which composed type is secured or locked for printing or platemaking.
Building Trades. a space or groove in a masonry wall or through a floor for pipes or ducts.
a groove, furrow, or trench; a lengthened hollow.
the part of a gun in front of the trunnions.
the part containing the bore.
Other definitions for chase (3 of 4)
to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing.
to cut (a screw thread), as with a chaser or machine tool.
Other definitions for Chase (4 of 4)
Mary Ellen, 1887–1973, U.S. educator, novelist, and essayist.
Sal·mon Portland [sal-muhn], /ˈsæl mən/, 1808–73, U.S. jurist and statesman: secretary of the treasury 1861–64; chief justice of the U.S. 1864–73.
Samuel, 1741–1811, U.S. jurist and leader in the American Revolution: associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1796–1811.
Stuart, 1888–1985, U.S. economist and writer.
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How to use chase in a sentence
With a dog, use a sit and stay command and then step away to see if they can resist chasing you down.
Tatís has cut down on swings against low-and-away breaking balls, a common chase area for batters, as seen by comparing a heat map from last season with this season.Fernando Tatís Jr. Was Already Mashing. Then He Started Hitting The Ball Harder. | Travis Sawchik | August 21, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
That, he worries, could lead to the repeat of a scenario India faced between 2009 and 2013, when there was “too much money chasing too few goods.”Could the Recession Revive the Savings Gene in China and India? | Pallabi Munsi | August 16, 2020 | Ozy
Traditionally, long-distance migration is common for the animals, which surprisingly are not keen on chasing prey over extended distances.
They even had a habit of chasing after guys who visited the woods in order to get their sexual fill.
One of the other cops fired three times and those who were still able to give chase did.
The cops gave chase and the gunman fired the big revolver twice more.
You meant to chase every glass of wine with a pitcher of H2O, but the holiday cheer somehow steered you off course.
The bailout crybabies of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan chase, Wells Fargo, and all the rest are easy targets—and deserving ones, too.
Maybe our dear bear should sit quietly, not chase piglets and just eat berries and honey.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug | Anna Nemtsova | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For a moment Joe stood behind her, silently, looking over her shoulder at the signature of Isom chase.The Bondboy | George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Between each group of figures the face of the rock was scored with mysterious signs and rudely limned weapons of war and chase.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
On land and in sea the animal creation chase and maim, and slay and devour each other.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
Could he have a sorrow which she might chase away, and, having the power, lack the heart to do it?
Thereupon there was a rush forwards; but the chase lasted not only 'a moment,' but a whole hot day.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
British Dictionary definitions for chase (1 of 3)
to follow or run after (a person, animal, or goal) persistently or quickly
(tr; often foll by out, away, or off) to force to run (away); drive (out)
(tr) informal to court (a member of the opposite sex) in an unsubtle manner
(tr often foll by up) informal to pursue persistently and energetically in order to obtain results, information, etc: chase up the builders and get a delivery date
(intr) informal to hurry; rush
the act of chasing; pursuit
any quarry that is pursued
British an unenclosed area of land where wild animals are preserved to be hunted
British the right to hunt a particular quarry over the land of others
the chase the act or sport of hunting
short for steeplechase
real tennis a ball that bounces twice, requiring the point to be played again
cut to the chase informal, mainly US to start talking about the important aspects of something
give chase to pursue (a person, animal, or thing) actively
- chaseable, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for chase (2 of 3)
printing a rectangular steel or cast-iron frame into which metal type and blocks making up pages are locked for printing or plate-making
the part of a gun barrel from the front of the trunnions to the muzzle
a groove or channel, esp one that is cut in a wall to take a pipe, cable, etc
Also: chamfer to cut a groove, furrow, or flute in (a surface, column, etc)
British Dictionary definitions for chase (3 of 3)
Also: enchase to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing
to form or finish (a screw thread) with a chaser
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Other Idioms and Phrases with chase
see ambulance chaser; cut to the chase; give chase; go fly a kite (chase yourself); lead a merry chase; run (chase) after; wild goose chase.
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