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Topic: VISUAL

Sense: 1-5, 7
Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: chacier, from Vulgar Latin captiare; CATCH1
Sense: 6
Date: 1400-1500
Origin: enchase 'to set (a jewel)' (15-21 centuries), from French enchâsser, from châsse 'case, setting', from Latin capsa; CASE1

chase

1 verb
     
chase1 S3
1

follow

[intransitive and transitive] to quickly follow someone or something in order to catch them:
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.
chase after
A gang of boys chased after her, calling her names.
2

make somebody/something leave

[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to make someone or something leave, especially by following them for a short distance and threatening them
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.
3

try to get something

[intransitive and transitive] to use a lot of time and effort trying to get something such as work or money:
Top graduates from the university are chased by major companies.
chase after
reporters chasing after a story
4

hurry

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition] British English to rush or hurry somewhere
chase around/up/down etc
I was chasing around getting everything organized.
5

romance

[transitive] 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.
6

metal

[transitive]AV technical to decorate metal with a special tool:
chased silver
7

chase the dragon

informalMDD to smoke the drug heroin

chase somebody/something ↔ down

phrasal verb
to find something or someone that you have been looking for:
We had to chase down everyone we'd sold a bike to.

chase somebody/something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 to remind someone to do something they promised to do for you:
David hasn't paid yet - you'd better chase him up.
2 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?
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