- 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.
- a steeplechase.
- the chase, the sport or occupation of hunting.
- give chase, to pursue: The hunt began and the dogs gave chase.
- cut to the chase, Informal. to get to the main point.
Origin of chase1
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- 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.
Origin of chase2
- to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing.
- to cut (a screw thread), as with a chaser or machine tool.
Origin of chase3
- Mary Ellen,1887–1973, U.S. educator, novelist, and essayist.
- Sal·mon Portland [sal-muh n] /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.
Examples from the Web for chase
You meant to chase every glass of wine with a pitcher of H2O, but the holiday cheer somehow steered you off course.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
December 19, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
She stormed off next door, where the business owner tried to chase Wislon off before the bandit squeezed off a round.Post Office Robbers More Wanted Than ISIS
December 13, 2014
Chase supplements this general directive with some more pragmatic suggestions for women looking to find sexual fulfillment.Was 2014 the Year Science Discovered The Female Orgasm?
December 6, 2014
As soon as the criminal left the shop, the victim snapped back into consciousness and tried to chase after him.Thief Hypnotizes Shopkeeper, Then Robs Him
December 5, 2014
They were recovered and brought back, after a chase of a mile.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
He would go in, he would overhaul Sally, and then finish the chase with a play of revolvers.Way of the Lawless
He turned the creams from the road, filled with the spirit of the chase.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
You will find what you hunt for, track 'em right along and chase 'em down.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 2.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
In an hour or two, half the constables in Charleston were in chase of me.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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, etcchase 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
- 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)
- Also: enchase to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing
- to form or finish (a screw thread) with a chaser
Word Origin and History for chase
c.1300, chacen "to hunt; to cause to go away; put to flight," from Old French chacier "to hunt, ride swiftly, strive for" (12c., Modern French chasser), from Vulgar Latin *captiare (source of Italian cacciare, Catalan casar, Spanish cazar, Portuguese caçar "to chase, hunt;" see catch (v.)).
Meaning "run after" developed mid-14c. Related: Chased; chasing. Older European words for "pursue" often also cover "persecute" (e.g. Greek dioko, Old English ehtan); modern ones often derive from words used primarily for the hunting of animals.
mid-13c., chace, "a hunt," from Old French chace "a hunt, a chase; hunting ground" (12c.), from chacier (see chase (v.)). Meaning "a pursuit" (of an enemy, etc.) is early 14c.
"bore of a gun barrel," 1640s, from French chas "eye of a needle; enclosure," from Vulgar Latin *capsum, variant of Latin capsa "box" (see case (n.2)).
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.