verb (used with object), chased, chas·ing.

  1. to pursue in order to seize, overtake, etc.: The police officer chased the thief.
  2. to pursue with intent to capture or kill, as game; hunt: to chase deer.
  3. 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.
  4. to drive or expel by force, threat, or harassment: She chased the cat out of the room.

verb (used without object), chased, chas·ing.

  1. to follow in pursuit: to chase after someone.
  2. to rush or hasten: We spent the weekend chasing around from one store to another.


  1. the act of chasing; pursuit: The chase lasted a day.
  2. an object of pursuit; something chased.
  3. Chiefly British. a private game preserve; a tract of privately owned land reserved for, and sometimes stocked with, animals and birds to be hunted.
  4. British. the right of keeping game or of hunting on the land of others.
  5. a steeplechase.
  6. the chase, the sport or occupation of hunting.

Verb Phrases

  1. give chase, to pursue: The hunt began and the dogs gave chase.
  1. cut to the chase, Informal. to get to the main point.


  1. to follow or run after (a person, animal, or goal) persistently or quickly
  2. (tr; often foll by out, away, or off) to force to run (away); drive (out)
  3. (tr) informal to court (a member of the opposite sex) in an unsubtle manner
  4. (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
  5. (intr) informal to hurry; rush


  1. the act of chasing; pursuit
  2. any quarry that is pursued
  3. British an unenclosed area of land where wild animals are preserved to be hunted
  4. British the right to hunt a particular quarry over the land of others
  5. the chase the act or sport of hunting
  6. short for steeplechase
  7. real tennis a ball that bounces twice, requiring the point to be played again
  8. cut to the chase informal, mainly US to start talking about the important aspects of something
  9. give chase to pursue (a person, animal, or thing) actively


  1. printing a rectangular steel or cast-iron frame into which metal type and blocks making up pages are locked for printing or plate-making
  2. the part of a gun barrel from the front of the trunnions to the muzzle
  3. a groove or channel, esp one that is cut in a wall to take a pipe, cable, etc

verb (tr)

  1. Also: chamfer to cut a groove, furrow, or flute in (a surface, column, etc)

verb (tr)

  1. Also: enchase to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing
  2. to form or finish (a screw thread) with a chaser

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)).


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.

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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