Sense: 1-5, 7
|Origin:||chacier, from Vulgar Latin captiare; CATCH1|
|Origin:||enchase 'to set (a jewel)' (15-21 centuries), from French enchâsser, from châsse 'case, setting', from Latin capsa; CASE1|
to quickly follow someone or something in order to catch them:
follow[intransitive and transitive]
The dogs saw him running and chased him.
kids chasing around the house
chase somebody along/down/up something etc
The police chased the suspect along Severn Avenue.
A gang of boys chased after her, calling her names.
to make someone or something leave, especially by following them for a short distance and threatening them
make somebody/something leave[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
chase somebody away/off
The men were chased off by troops, who fired warning shots.
chase somebody out of something
Anne went to chase the dog out of the garden.
to use a lot of time and effort trying to get something such as work or money:
try to get something[intransitive and transitive]
Top graduates from the university are chased by major companies.
reporters chasing after a story
to rush or hurry somewhere
hurry[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] British English
chase around/up/down etc
I was chasing around getting everything organized.
to try hard to make someone notice you and pay attention to you, because you want to have a romantic relationship with them:
'Sometimes a girl wants to be chased,' Amelia said.
to decorate metal with a special tool:
to smoke the drug heroin
chase somebody/something ↔ downphrasal verb
We had to chase down everyone we'd sold a bike to.
chase somebody/something ↔ upphrasal verb
to remind someone to do something they promised to do for you:
David hasn't paid yet - you'd better chase him up.
to try to make something happen or arrive more quickly, because it has been taking too long:
Can you chase up those photos for me tomorrow?