Main definitions of chase in English

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chase1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Pursue in order to catch or catch up with.

    ‘police chased the stolen car through the city’
    no object ‘the dog chased after the stick’
    • ‘The robbers hijacked a passing car but were chased and eventually caught.’
    • ‘I got on my bike, called the police to report a kidnapping then chased after the car.’
    • ‘She eventually managed to break free and run home to her grandmother, who called the police. The man was later chased and caught by the girl's father.’
    • ‘The two police cars that were chasing the car hit the gas tank.’
    • ‘The five left, kept running up the spiral way, while some police chased after them.’
    • ‘Ohio State Police chased after a stolen BMW at speeds of up to 130 miles an hour.’
    • ‘The first and only time I tried to do it outside I got caught and chased by a guy with a shot gun.’
    • ‘Armed police chased the youngster and the lookout across gardens before catching them.’
    • ‘Police arrived and the group fled across fields but were caught when police chased them using a helicopter.’
    • ‘He refused of course and the police chased after him.’
    • ‘Police chased after him and one officer was hurt as they brought him to the ground, added Mr King.’
    • ‘I chased after him and caught up with him looking in a shop window.’
    • ‘Two of them escaped on foot but a third was chased and caught by staff.’
    • ‘A one point Michael and Rachel are being chased by a police car whose flashing lights get knocked off.’
    • ‘Their new ally wanted to make sure that they wouldn't be chased after.’
    • ‘If the police were chasing the grey car, it was highly irresponsible, what with it being rush hour.’
    • ‘He eventually abandoned the vehicle and ran off, chased by the police officer, who caught him when he fell over.’
    • ‘I chased after her and caught her left arm with my free hand, forcing her to stop.’
    • ‘The two men then ran off, but Canulta was chased and caught.’
    • ‘She chased after her, catching her by the back of her skirt and pulling her to a halt on the second stair.’
    pursue, run after, follow, hunt, track, trail
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    1. 1.1 Seek to attain.
      ‘the team are chasing their first home win this season’
      • ‘Opposition parties may chase votes by dividing communities for their own political ends.’
      • ‘We have found it harder to chase results compared to teams who have been put together over a long period of time.’
      • ‘He's been networking - chasing jobs and setting up lunches and talking about the golf he's been playing on the days he's not here.’
      • ‘Jones named an unchanged team to chase Australia's first series win in three years.’
      • ‘Unless you make a horrible screw-up, by and large you aren't chasing business day and night.’
      • ‘No contest, really; and after doing some hard financial sums, I left the day job to chase a few dreams.’
      • ‘It's a contest where players' reputations will either be enhanced or tarnished as two strong teams chase glory.’
      • ‘Performance is the only criterion by which a team chasing greatness can judge itself.’
      • ‘Revenues have nearly doubled to £49 million but losses have increased from £20 million to £37 million as it chases new customers.’
      • ‘The composure we saw against Italy at Hampden and against Norway in Oslo had gone, blown away by a visiting team chasing a cause.’
      • ‘And people who spend their lives always chasing after pleasure have a good chance of attaining it.’
      • ‘But it was not an easy track to victory, with 13 other teams chasing the big prize.’
      • ‘I decide in that moment to quit my job and to chase adventure full-time.’
      • ‘But that was far from the end of the action, with both teams chasing another goal as though their life depended on it.’
      • ‘Hundreds of thousands of people of working age have also moved to the coast to chase the new jobs, although this has led to high levels of unemployment in many areas.’
      • ‘Some highlights from the research shows that those firms looking beyond Dublin to get out of the traffic jams may not fare any better by chasing the rural idyll.’
      • ‘If we aren't interested in changing the way the country works, but only in chasing after an ebbing political tide, then we will earn nothing but ridicule.’
      • ‘A radical change appears to be taking place in the workplace with employees chasing their dreams and seeking greater fulfilment.’
      • ‘The graduates are among thousands of others chasing the same jobs each year to repay the spiralling costs of higher education.’
    2. 1.2 Seek the company of (a member of the opposite sex) in an obvious way.
      ‘he spends all his free time chasing girls’
      • ‘I had always known that my husband wasn't one to chase women.’
      • ‘I decided that I would no longer chase women like other guys my age.’
      • ‘"I don't golf, I don't fish, I'm too old to chase women," he said.’
      • ‘Ed, Rick and Benett in particular are sad cases and spend most of their time chasing members of the opposite sex.’
      • ‘‘They should be out drinking or chasing the opposite sex, but they are here getting stuck in,’ says Naughton.’
      • ‘Agatha was a famous beauty from a noble family, who was chased after by the villainous senator.’
      court, woo, pursue, run after, seek the company of, make advances to, make up to, flirt with, romance
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  • 2 Drive or cause to go in a specified direction.

    ‘she chased him out of the house’
    • ‘Skateboarders were chased out of local schools and parks.’
    • ‘If a shopkeeper chases pollsters out of his store at the mention of pedestrianization, do you mark him as ‘undecided’?’
    • ‘They then chased the members into the courthouse yard.’
    • ‘Of course, the university didn't condone his actions, but nobody contacted any authorities to chase him off campus.’
    • ‘Red tape chases companies overseas, out of Europe.’
    • ‘It didn't seem to matter how many times I chased her out of the room with a rolled up newspaper every time she mentioned it, she just kept rabbiting on about it.’
    • ‘I paused, letting it chase some of the night chill from my bones.’
    • ‘Peron was finally chased out of the country in 1955.’
    • ‘The health care ‘reforms’ of the past seven years have chased tens of thousands of nurses and other health care workers out of the field.’
    • ‘He said they were then chased out of the cemetery.’
    • ‘The occupant chased Akulukjuk out of the house.’
    • ‘The important thing is we do not chase jobs away from California.’
    • ‘But they were ready to claim as many as 28 to 30 seats based upon a slogan of chasing the government loyalists out of office.’
    • ‘The birds were docile on the drive, so the TV people chased them across the road to get some shots of them crossing, being careful to stay out of shot themselves.’
    • ‘There are neighbourhoods where they are chased out of.’
    • ‘He's been chased out of the U.S., Great Britain and Canada, but seems to think his adopted homeland, Australia, is a safe haven.’
    • ‘No one was injured during either robbery, the first of which saw the suspect being chased out of the shop empty-handed.’
    • ‘He recounted that family, friends and relatives all chased him away and he has had no further contact with them.’
    • ‘Every time it ends up being even more of an ordeal than the previous time and I am really sick and tired of them to the point where I just feel like picking up a stick and chasing all of them out of my life.’
    drive away, drive off, drive out, put to flight, send away, scare off, scatter
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    1. 2.1no object, with adverbial of direction Rush in a specified direction.
      ‘he chased down the motorway’
      • ‘We managed to get our group together and chased along the route.’
      • ‘Gone were the rucksacked school kids, chattering and chasing around the old ladies who hobbled along almost in slow motion with yappy dogs and hair in a bun and little trolleys full of bread.’
      • ‘I'd chase along the street nearest the river, dodging out side streets to the riverbank.’
      rush, dash, race, speed, streak, shoot, charge, career, scramble, scurry, hurry, make haste, hare, fly, pelt
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  • 3Try to obtain (something owed or required)

    ‘the company employs people to chase up debts’
    • ‘Behind the scenes, however, things could be looking up for Cowling after Councillor John Alderson got onto the district council this week to chase up the matter.’
    • ‘This has helped fuel unsustainable levels of borrowing, which has led to a record £5 billion worth of debt being chased by debt collectors.’
    • ‘Creditors fall foul of the law if they chase up debts too frequently.’
    • ‘Eventually, they recruited more staff to chase up debts and things improved.’
    • ‘You may have to chase up debts due to you from your customers/clients.’
    • ‘Parish council chairman Kate Brown said: ‘It is of great concern that you have to keep chasing up answers.’’
    pester, harass, harry, nag, plague, hound
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    1. 3.1 Try to make contact with (someone) in order to obtain something owed or required.
      ‘the council recently appointed its own team of bailiffs to chase non-payers’
      • ‘In February 2000 the Council of Mortgage lenders announced that its members had agreed voluntarily not to chase someone for a debt if they have not been contacted within six years.’
      • ‘There is talk of the Revenue chasing these people down.’
      • ‘It was the media's decision to chase people down with cameras at home to try and get them or their families on tape.’
      • ‘Do you ever have those days where it feels like all you're doing is nagging and chasing people up in order to get them to do the stuff they'd actually promised to do already?’
      • ‘It makes sense from a lender's point of view as it can chase two people for the full amount rather than one.’
      • ‘Many lenders are heavy users of the courts in chasing customers who have defaulted on mortgage repayments.’
      • ‘The woman found herself being chased by creditors after the Salvation Army member left the home he once shared with her in Walcot.’
      • ‘But then I feel like I'm chasing people up more and more to be able to do this.’
      • ‘We cannot be reduced to chasing people around who claim to speak for the party.’
      • ‘A very useful and very welcome distraction from people chasing me for money.’
      • ‘When I forgot to inform the necessary people, they chased me down for the information.’
      • ‘But are you saying that you often have to chase people when they're well past the due date?’
      • ‘He agreed that it would be good practice to chase people up after two weeks or so in case they had forgotten.’
      • ‘I spend a lot of time chasing people for information, and it hurts, I tell you.’
      • ‘Scarborough Council recently appointed its own team of bailiffs to chase non-payers amid growing concern about a hard core of residents who are flouting the law.’
      • ‘She did not have the wherewithal to chase those people down, and, even if she did, she was unlikely to get recompense from them.’
      • ‘A debt-collection agency hired by the phone company to chase customers with overdue bills has been accused of using heavy handed techniques to recover money.’
      • ‘While the number of people on the roll went up, and in parts of New Zealand, people were chasing citizens around the streets to try to get them enrolled, it did not result in more people voting.’
      • ‘I even chased people up to make sure they had sent their slips off.’
      pester, harass, harry, nag, plague, hound
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    2. 3.2 Make further investigation of an unresolved matter.
      ‘the cost of the police time needed to chase up every new offence’
      • ‘I completely neglected all the telesales leads I had been chasing up.’
      • ‘But what happens when you try to chase down the source of the claim?’
      • ‘The investigator is now chasing up leads back in the UK.’
      • ‘I'm here chasing up leads in the journalistic and human rights worlds, trying to get information on modern slavery.’
      • ‘Curran chased down stories for the West Coast alternative press when the alternative press was young.’
      • ‘They're only saying that they are chasing up new leads at the moment.’
      • ‘He sought to chase the matter up in various ways, in particular by telephone calls to Sir David on about 18 June and to Mr Barnes on 23 June.’
      • ‘If my passion for finding the truth, if my enthusiasm for chasing up lines of enquiry came across to some people as giving an appearance of bias or pre-judgement then I regret that.’
      • ‘Or if I do, I should be doing it in the right places - chasing up all those ideas swirling around in my mind that I haven't quite managed to get down in text form yet.’
      • ‘He really has been in the forefront of helping us, chasing down leads, looking for terrorists.’
      • ‘He had picked up a rumour that someone had cracked it, and would spend all night chasing it up, unless he could find something more interesting.’
      • ‘However, such shortcomings are easy to overlook given the ambitious nature of Saco's project and the relentlesness with which she chases down challenging critical concepts.’
      • ‘While the police chase down leads, Reichs gathers her own evidence.’
      • ‘At the same time, when we were chasing down the pardon story that we ran, we didn't come across any other news organization out there beating the same trail.’
      • ‘If you want to know what it is do your own research, I can't be bothered chasing down a link.’
      • ‘I have been chasing up what Marx says about circulation and distribution in his works.’
      • ‘We just decided to chase down the story and see if we could find out more about it.’
      • ‘There's a chunk missing from March to November that we still have to chase down.’
      • ‘Our chief news correspondent, Charlie Word, joins us from Dunnes Stores, where he has been chasing up on the story.’

noun

  • 1An act of pursuing someone or something.

    ‘they captured the youths after a brief chase’
    • ‘A former driving instructor led police on a 17-minute chase at up to 120 mph in a powerful BMW sports car, a court heard.’
    • ‘The men forced one innocent motorist to write off his car during the chase through Kildare, the Curragh, New-bridge, Naas and Kilcullen.’
    • ‘The film begins quite promisingly, with a violent ambush on the gold shipment and a thrilling stagecoach chase.’
    • ‘The job the crew carries out is the audacious theft of a mafia safe full of gold they just about get away with, after a fairly thrilling chase through the canals of Venice.’
    • ‘A car chase in L.A. ends in an arrest, but not before a highway patrol officer missed a hard right turn and crashed through a building.’
    • ‘From car and snowmobile chases to walking on the ceiling with modified shoes and infiltrating hidden laboratories, Cody has to use all his training to save the world - and maybe get the girl.’
    • ‘Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has indicated Malaysia might lodge a diplomatic protest over the boat chase.’
    • ‘The chase ended in just a few blocks, with the men crashing their car.’
    • ‘He admitted giving the drugs to his girlfriend, a passenger in the car, which had been thrown out of the window during the chase.’
    • ‘Two suspects who had fled the stolen car involved in the chase escaped and were being sought in a house-to-house search.’
    • ‘Police in Richardson, Texas, released incredible pictures today of a car chase and gun battle with three suspected bank robbers.’
    • ‘Thus followed a very hectic chase through the woods.’
    • ‘Three days later police launched a second full-scale search for a suspected disqualified driver, resulting in a car chase through Trowbridge town centre.’
    • ‘A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said six local youths, all under 18, were arrested following the chase.’
    • ‘A chase ensued; eventually the terrorists abandoned their car and ambushed a bus, taking 9 prisoners.’
    • ‘It's a truly inventive one-man show, that combines physical theatre, comedy, original music and even a car chase.’
    • ‘The acting inspector said he was confident the chase followed correct police procedure.’
    • ‘Police believe witnesses who saw the car either before the chase, during the pursuit or afterwards could have very important information.’
    • ‘My mother is just happy that I'm on television and not in a car chase.’
    • ‘A police van called to the house spotted a BMW and the stolen Mercedes heading in the opposite direction but the car got away after a brief chase.’
    pursuit, hunt, trail
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    1. 1.1
      short for steeplechase
      • ‘It was a fine piece of training by Henry and also said much about the horse's liking for the course, where he had won a valuable chase two years earlier.’
      • ‘A chase involves larger, rigid fences while a hurdle race is run over shorter, more flexible obstacles.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the ride he gave Kingscliff in a handicap chase at Ascot was voted the jumps ride of the year by his weighing room colleagues.’
      • ‘Among the highlights of the season have been joining the elite club of jockeys to ride a winner at every jumps track in the country, and the ride he gave Kingscliff in a handicap chase at Ascot in November.’
      • ‘A brave competitor, he is known for his staying power in handicap chases.’
      • ‘Having won his first two novice chases, he was made favourite on his handicap debut at Ayr, but again Dobbin was left in the doldrums.’
      • ‘Inside you'll find details on all the races and the points-race chase, plus lots of great photos.’
      • ‘Having been unextended in a novice chase at Uttoxeter last November he did not return to the track again until Chepstow in April, where he again won well.’
      • ‘Racing will commence at 4.30 and the mixed card will consist of three flat races, three chases and a bumper for five, six and seven year olds.’
      • ‘But Victor and his team kept faith and the old horse has won some top class handicap chases in recent months.’
      • ‘However, Cheltenham's two major chases, the Gold Cup and the Queen Mother Champion Chase, have been more elusive and the Festival has not always been a happy hunting ground for Pipe.’
      • ‘Racing begins at 3.05 and the mixed card consists of four flat events, including two six furlong races, two chases and two hurdles.’
      • ‘The champion trainer was nervous before the novice chase at Naas, but he needn't have worried as his young hopeful romped home.’
      • ‘The whole thinking, however, betrays an extraordinary bias, on the subject of the perceived champions, towards competitors in chases of three miles or more.’
      • ‘Extra races are being proposed for the meeting, currently run over three days from Tuesday to Thursday, including a cross-country chase.’
      • ‘He reminded spectators that hunts were also the backbone of point-to-point race meetings, team chases and a range of social events, as well as the Pony Club - the biggest youth club in the country.’
      • ‘The Dumfriesshire Hunt has also been used by keen amateur riders who can qualify their mounts for fox hunter chases at official race tracks as well as point to point amateur races.’
      • ‘Apparently the horse jumped particularly well and his trainer expects him to make a big impression in novice chases.’
      • ‘He ended last season by winning the Scottish Champion Hurdle, then injured himself in his first novice chase.’
      • ‘Friday's Sandown card will be all steeplechases, combining three chases from tomorrow's abandoned card and the three from the planned Friday schedule.’
    2. 1.2the chase Hunting as a sport.
      ‘she was an ardent follower of the chase’
      • ‘The others left the chase at various points after that.’
      • ‘She lived for danger, the chase, the thrill of it all.’
      • ‘But the fire of the chase was in me; and I resolved to hunt down the highwaymen, for only a quarter hour had passed since they had gone.’
      • ‘Thrilling to the chase, I pounded down the uneven corridor until the beam of my light fell upon a wooden door at the end of the passage.’
      • ‘It is impossible to know for certain to what extent hunted animals suffer during the chase and the kill.’
      • ‘As with every seduction, however, the excitement of the chase soon is replaced by discontent and even misery.’
      • ‘It seems that few kings had much time for the thrills of the chase and, in most cases, the hunting was done by professionals to provide meat for feasts and as gifts.’
      • ‘And I couldn't help but feel the thrill of a different kind of chase.’
      • ‘Hunting with hounds is totally different: animals are hunted for sport and the ritualised chase is designed to be as long as possible.’
      • ‘It is a visible quarry, so foot followers can still be involved and enjoy the chase.’
      • ‘American collectors may link acquiring art with social status, but there is also the real joy of the chase.’
      • ‘I suspect the chase is the part they enjoy, as some skill is required riding a horse over rough terrain.’
      • ‘The thrill of the chase only compounded her problems.’
      • ‘The association of the chase of the hunt and the chase of sex is an anthropological commonplace.’
      • ‘The thrill of the chase is secondary because of the need to keep the fox population down.’
      • ‘The spirits of the men was much lifted by the hunt, for they enjoyed the chase, and it was great sport for all of them.’
      • ‘This whole area used to be Henry VIII's hunting chase, a protected patch of lush woodland to the north of the capital.’
      • ‘The Emperor, who was preparing for the chase, escaped being made a prisoner by hardly an hour.’
      • ‘Some are out for the pleasure of the chase, some for a good ride and others to protect their legitimate interests in their property.’
      • ‘The thrill of the sport lies in the chase and the hounds tracking the fox.’
    3. 1.3British in place names An area of unenclosed land formerly reserved for hunting.
      ‘Cannock Chase’
      • ‘Cannock Chase is home to large populations of nocturnal animals, therefore we ask that you enjoy the forest during daylight hours only and allow the wildlife to recuperate without disturbance.’
      • ‘Cannock Chase has rolling hills, heathers, quiet forests and wild fallow deer.’
    4. 1.4archaic A hunted animal.

Phrases

  • chase the game

    • (in soccer) adopt attacking tactics, especially when losing, at the risk of being vulnerable to counter-attack.

      ‘we made the mistake of trying to chase the game instead of playing it tight’
      • ‘It would be as well, however, if Eriksson's players do not lapse back into their bad habits of the qualifiers and find themselves having to chase the game against Denmark after conceding a goal.’
      • ‘I didn't want us to be chasing the game and I'm pleased we kept doing the things which had paid off for us in the first half.’
      • ‘It left us chasing the game when we had worked so hard to get level.’
      • ‘We tried to chase the game earlier than we should have done.’
      • ‘Croatia can feel aggrieved by the half-time scoreline, but you sense it will be difficult for them to change their approach in the second half if they have to start chasing the game.’
      • ‘With the home team then obliged to chase the game, their defence would have been even more vulnerable.’
      • ‘We gave a bad goal away minutes before half-time and ended up chasing the game in the second half.’
      • ‘Throwing off the restraint they had shown, Germany now had to chase the game and reverted to the high-tempo style Klinsmann has introduced.’
      • ‘Without their experience we lost our shape and decided to chase the game.’
      • ‘Robinson was unusually nervy in the second half, as England chased the game, leaving space at the back.’
  • chase shadows

    • Pursue illusory targets.

      ‘I found that the three-day mission did little more than chase shadows’
      • ‘That is frustrating for the police, who waste so much time chasing shadows, and distressing for residents left feeling helpless.’
      • ‘Many others would have driven themselves mad chasing shadows for 12 fruitless rounds.’
      • ‘Monaco's players are just stroking the ball around for fun now, with the Chelsea players reduced to chasing shadows.’
      • ‘Kerry were chasing shadows as Cork dominated in every area.’
      • ‘Of course, whether you've spotted anything or are just chasing shadows is what makes the pursuit all the more entertaining.’
      • ‘Ben Black followed up with a neat move to step through the Cougar defence which was left chasing shadows for another converted try.’
      • ‘No doubt he'd heard the rumors that she was chasing shadows and had hoped to avoid this conversation.’
      • ‘The faux war in Afghanistan, where some 12,000 US troops are chasing shadows, is costing $5 billion each month.’
      • ‘Some of the one-touch football in the latter stages of the first half left Rotherham chasing shadows.’
      • ‘The Germans were literally chasing shadows in the night.’
  • give chase

    • Go in pursuit.

      ‘a patrol car gave chase and finally overtook him’
      ‘officers gave chase to one of the thieves’
      • ‘A Police Car gives chase and manages to force her car to the side of the road.’
      • ‘Police gave chase, finally forcing the driver to pull off the road.’
      • ‘Despite giving chase, the gang got away in a Land Rover bearing false plates and was never traced.’
      • ‘Soon, dozens of Beijing police vehicles were giving chase.’
      • ‘When the van refused to stop, police gave chase and the four men were shot during the pursuit.’
      • ‘He saw about 20 police officers, some of them armed, rushing into the station before a man jumped over the barriers with police giving chase.’
      • ‘Catching sight of the killer, he gives chase, and in one of the film's best scenes is captured huffing and puffing through night-time Los Angeles in hot pursuit of the younger suspect.’
      • ‘As they were taking our details, word came through that it had been spotted by an eagle-eyed policeman 5 minutes away, and more police cars were now giving chase.’
      • ‘He kept pointing the gun at us but we kept giving chase.’
      • ‘The officers gave chase and finally caught up with the suspect vehicle as it came to a standstill in heavy city traffic.’
      chase, pursue, run after, follow, hunt, track, trail
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  • go and chase oneself

    • informal in imperativeGo away.

      • ‘You'd better go and chase yourself round the square a few times.’
      • ‘Go and chase yourself away from this house!’
  • the thrill of the chase

    • Pleasure and excitement derived from seeking something desired, especially a sexual partner.

      ‘I was so lost in the thrill of the chase that I didn't realize we were entirely incompatible’
      • ‘There's not what you could call a plethora of foxes round here, but you still have the thrill of the chase.’
      • ‘This way you could enjoy the thrill of the chase without the expense of owning a horse.’
      • ‘Like the Antiques Roadshow, Reclaimers justifies itself as part bargain hunt - with all the thrill of the chase - and part history lesson.’
      • ‘They enjoy the pageantry, the horsemanship and the countryside. They relish the thrill of the chase, but stress that they derive pleasure from hunting, not killing.’
      • ‘Women want to revisit the passion and lust of a new physical relationship and enjoy the thrill of the chase.’
      • ‘India enjoy the thrill of the chase as chastened England head home’
      • ‘I think he enjoyed being successful and loved the thrill of the chase in business.’
      • ‘Sportsmen, seeking the thrill of the chase, released rabbits, hares and foxes.’
      • ‘And no matter how much single people claim they want to live on their own (and fair enough if the only alternative is picking up the dirty pants of your sexually-hibernating cocoa partner) everyone loves the thrill of the chase.’
      • ‘I've even heard them argue that the foxes actually, you know, quite like it, the thrill of the chase - until they're ripped to pieces.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French chacier (verb), chace (noun), based on Latin captare ‘continue to take’, from capere ‘take’.

Pronunciation

chase

/tʃeɪs/

Main definitions of chase in English

: chase1chase2chase3chase4

chase2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective chased
  • Engrave (metal, or a design on metal)

    ‘a miniature container with a delicately chased floral design’
    • ‘The bowl features ornate floral chased decoration.’
    • ‘The gold foil is chased from the inside with details incised on the exterior.’
    • ‘The swirling movement of the dense repoussé and chased decoration and the sinuous spout and handle are in perfect balance.’
    • ‘A case in point is the repoussé and chased outer watchcase of the pair-case watch.’
    • ‘Although the cast feet and applied rim ornament are in an ornate rococo revival style, the details are not chased.’
    • ‘A third of all Roman brooches found in Britain have some applied decoration, and most of the rest have relief decoration that is cast in, chased, punched or engraved.’
    • ‘Both feature elaborately chased gold scrolls enhanced with enamel framing the painted enamel reserves.’
    • ‘The gold mounting is decorated with pearling and designed in a spiral pattern that has been heavily chased to give the effect of octopus tentacles.’
    • ‘I'm not going to waste my time chasing that particular brass ring any longer.’
    • ‘After casting, the best plaquettes were usually chiselled and chased, and either finished with a patina or gilt.’
    • ‘This is a gorgeous Victorian solid sterling silver vesta case with beautiful hand chased decoration and initialled cartouche.’
    • ‘Another designed, cast, and possibly chased the feet, handle, and applied decoration.’
    engrave, etch, carve, inscribe, cut, chisel, imprint, impress, print, mark
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Origin

Late Middle English: apparently from earlier enchase, from Old French enchasser.

Pronunciation

chase

/tʃeɪs/

Main definitions of chase in English

: chase1chase2chase3chase4

chase3

noun

  • (in letterpress printing) a metal frame for holding the composed type and blocks being printed at one time.

    • ‘The types are set up in a metal chase, which is fitted with a handle and can be used as a stamp.’
    • ‘On to a perfectly level tabletop known as ‘the stone,’ he dropped a heavy metal chase.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from French châsse, from Latin capsa ‘box’ (see case).

Pronunciation

chase

/tʃeɪs/

Main definitions of chase in English

: chase1chase2chase3chase4

chase4

noun

  • 1The part of a gun enclosing the bore.

    • ‘Since powder pressure was greatest toward the breech, this part of the gun tube was thicker than the chase.’
    • ‘Earlier models often had a molding, or at least a sharp discontinuity, between the reinforce and chase.’
  • 2A groove or furrow cut in the face of a wall or other surface to receive a pipe or wire.

    • ‘Under-cabinet hoods mount to the bottom of a wall cabinet through which ductwork can route to the outside via an adjoining wall, chase, soffit, or ceiling.’
    • ‘Common chases - spaces for piping, ductwork and wiring - also must be designed to distribute the utility supply to tenant areas.’
    • ‘Next, all new air-conditioning ducts had to be installed in the original wall chases.’
    • ‘You need to be able to drill down into the wall chase at the exact spot above your proposed "hole-in-the-wall."’
    • ‘For example, photos of a pipe chase can be placed in the model with information tags to identify each pipe and duct.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from French chas ‘enclosed space’, from Provençal cas, caus, from medieval Latin capsum ‘thorax or nave of a church’.

Pronunciation

chase

/tʃeɪs/