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


1 verb
chase1 S3


[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.

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.

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


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


[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.


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

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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