Main definitions of chase in US 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 two men then ran off, but Canulta was chased and caught.’
    • ‘The robbers hijacked a passing car but were chased and eventually caught.’
    • ‘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 first and only time I tried to do it outside I got caught and chased by a guy with a shot gun.’
    • ‘Police chased after him and one officer was hurt as they brought him to the ground, added Mr King.’
    • ‘A one point Michael and Rachel are being chased by a police car whose flashing lights get knocked off.’
    • ‘I chased after him and caught up with him looking in a shop window.’
    • ‘Ohio State Police chased after a stolen BMW at speeds of up to 130 miles an hour.’
    • ‘He refused of course and the police chased after him.’
    • ‘Two of them escaped on foot but a third was chased and caught by staff.’
    • ‘I got on my bike, called the police to report a kidnapping then chased after the car.’
    • ‘Armed police chased the youngster and the lookout across gardens before catching them.’
    • ‘He eventually abandoned the vehicle and ran off, chased by the police officer, who caught him when he fell over.’
    • ‘The two police cars that were chasing the car hit the gas tank.’
    • ‘If the police were chasing the grey car, it was highly irresponsible, what with it being rush hour.’
    • ‘Their new ally wanted to make sure that they wouldn't be chased after.’
    • ‘She chased after her, catching her by the back of her skirt and pulling her to a halt on the second stair.’
    • ‘I chased after her and caught her left arm with my free hand, forcing her to stop.’
    • ‘Police arrived and the group fled across fields but were caught when police chased them using a helicopter.’
    • ‘The five left, kept running up the spiral way, while some police chased after them.’
    pursue, run after, follow, hunt, track, trail
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    1. 1.1 Seek to attain.
      ‘seventy candidates chasing a single job’
      • ‘And people who spend their lives always chasing after pleasure have a good chance of attaining 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.’
      • ‘The composure we saw against Italy at Hampden and against Norway in Oslo had gone, blown away by a visiting team chasing a cause.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Performance is the only criterion by which a team chasing greatness can judge itself.’
      • ‘The graduates are among thousands of others chasing the same jobs each year to repay the spiralling costs of higher education.’
      • ‘We have found it harder to chase results compared to teams who have been put together over a long period of time.’
      • ‘But it was not an easy track to victory, with 13 other teams chasing the big prize.’
      • ‘A radical change appears to be taking place in the workplace with employees chasing their dreams and seeking greater fulfilment.’
      • ‘I decide in that moment to quit my job and to chase adventure full-time.’
      • ‘Revenues have nearly doubled to £49 million but losses have increased from £20 million to £37 million as it chases new customers.’
      • ‘Unless you make a horrible screw-up, by and large you aren't chasing business day and night.’
      • ‘It's a contest where players' reputations will either be enhanced or tarnished as two strong teams chase glory.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No contest, really; and after doing some hard financial sums, I left the day job to chase a few dreams.’
      • ‘But that was far from the end of the action, with both teams chasing another goal as though their life depended on it.’
      • ‘Opposition parties may chase votes by dividing communities for their own political ends.’
      • ‘Jones named an unchanged team to chase Australia's first series win in three years.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Seek the company of (a member of the opposite sex) in an obvious way.
      ‘playing football by day and chasing women by night’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Agatha was a famous beauty from a noble family, who was chased after by the villainous senator.’
      • ‘I had always known that my husband wasn't one to chase women.’
      • ‘‘They should be out drinking or chasing the opposite sex, but they are here getting stuck in,’ says Naughton.’
      • ‘Ed, Rick and Benett in particular are sad cases and spend most of their time chasing members of the opposite sex.’
      court, woo, pursue, run after, seek the company of, make advances to, make up to, flirt with, romance
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  • 2Drive or cause to go in a specified direction.

    ‘she chased him out of the house’
    • ‘He said they were then chased out of the cemetery.’
    • ‘The occupant chased Akulukjuk out of the house.’
    • ‘I paused, letting it chase some of the night chill from my bones.’
    • ‘They then chased the members into the courthouse yard.’
    • ‘He recounted that family, friends and relatives all chased him away and he has had no further contact with them.’
    • ‘The important thing is we do not chase jobs away from California.’
    • ‘Of course, the university didn't condone his actions, but nobody contacted any authorities to chase him off campus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If a shopkeeper chases pollsters out of his store at the mention of pedestrianization, do you mark him as ‘undecided’?’
    • ‘No one was injured during either robbery, the first of which saw the suspect being chased out of the shop empty-handed.’
    • ‘There are neighbourhoods where they are chased out of.’
    • ‘Red tape chases companies overseas, out of Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Skateboarders were chased out of local schools and parks.’
    drive away, drive off, drive out, put to flight, send away, scare off, scatter
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  • 3Try to make contact with (someone) in order to get something owed or required.

    ‘chasing customers who had not paid their bills’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many lenders are heavy users of the courts in chasing customers who have defaulted on mortgage repayments.’
    • ‘But are you saying that you often have to chase people when they're well past the due date?’
    • ‘I even chased people up to make sure they had sent their slips off.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I spend a lot of time chasing people for information, and it hurts, I tell you.’
    • ‘A very useful and very welcome distraction from people chasing me for money.’
    • ‘There is talk of the Revenue chasing these people down.’
    • ‘When I forgot to inform the necessary people, they chased me down for the information.’
    • ‘She did not have the wherewithal to chase those people down, and, even if she did, she was unlikely to get recompense from them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The woman found herself being chased by creditors after the Salvation Army member left the home he once shared with her in Walcot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was the media's decision to chase people down with cameras at home to try and get them or their families on tape.’
    • ‘He agreed that it would be good practice to chase people up after two weeks or so in case they had forgotten.’
    • ‘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.’
    pester, harass, harry, nag, plague, hound
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  • 4Make further investigation of an unresolved matter.

    ‘investigators got a warrant, but they didn't have time to chase down the case’
    • ‘He really has been in the forefront of helping us, chasing down leads, looking for terrorists.’
    • ‘Our chief news correspondent, Charlie Word, joins us from Dunnes Stores, where he has been chasing up on the story.’
    • ‘While the police chase down leads, Reichs gathers her own evidence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you want to know what it is do your own research, I can't be bothered chasing down a link.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘I have been chasing up what Marx says about circulation and distribution in his works.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The investigator is now chasing up leads back in the UK.’
    • ‘We just decided to chase down the story and see if we could find out more about it.’
    • ‘But what happens when you try to chase down the source of the claim?’
    • ‘I completely neglected all the telesales leads I had been chasing up.’
    • ‘There's a chunk missing from March to November that we still have to chase down.’
    • ‘Curran chased down stories for the West Coast alternative press when the alternative press was young.’
    • ‘I'm here chasing up leads in the journalistic and human rights worlds, trying to get information on modern slavery.’
    • ‘They're only saying that they are chasing up new leads at the moment.’
    • ‘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.’

noun

  • 1An act of pursuing someone or something.

    ‘they captured the youths after a brief chase’
    ‘a chase for limited supplies of hard currency’
    ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My mother is just happy that I'm on television and not in a car chase.’
    • ‘Police believe witnesses who saw the car either before the chase, during the pursuit or afterwards could have very important information.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a truly inventive one-man show, that combines physical theatre, comedy, original music and even a car chase.’
    • ‘Police in Richardson, Texas, released incredible pictures today of a car chase and gun battle with three suspected bank robbers.’
    • ‘The film begins quite promisingly, with a violent ambush on the gold shipment and a thrilling stagecoach chase.’
    • ‘The acting inspector said he was confident the chase followed correct police procedure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus followed a very hectic chase through the woods.’
    • ‘A chase ensued; eventually the terrorists abandoned their car and ambushed a bus, taking 9 prisoners.’
    • ‘A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said six local youths, all under 18, were arrested following the 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.’
    • ‘Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has indicated Malaysia might lodge a diplomatic protest over the boat chase.’
    • ‘The men forced one innocent motorist to write off his car during the chase through Kildare, the Curragh, New-bridge, Naas and Kilcullen.’
    • ‘The chase ended in just a few blocks, with the men crashing their car.’
    • ‘Three days later police launched a second full-scale search for a suspected disqualified driver, resulting in a car chase through Trowbridge town centre.’
    pursuit, hunt, trail
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    1. 1.1
      short for steeplechase
      • ‘But Victor and his team kept faith and the old horse has won some top class handicap chases in recent months.’
      • ‘Inside you'll find details on all the races and the points-race chase, plus lots of great photos.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Racing begins at 3.05 and the mixed card consists of four flat events, including two six furlong races, two chases and two hurdles.’
      • ‘Friday's Sandown card will be all steeplechases, combining three chases from tomorrow's abandoned card and the three from the planned Friday schedule.’
      • ‘The champion trainer was nervous before the novice chase at Naas, but he needn't have worried as his young hopeful romped home.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 brave competitor, he is known for his staying power in handicap chases.’
      • ‘A chase involves larger, rigid fences while a hurdle race is run over shorter, more flexible obstacles.’
      • ‘Extra races are being proposed for the meeting, currently run over three days from Tuesday to Thursday, including a cross-country chase.’
      • ‘The whole thinking, however, betrays an extraordinary bias, on the subject of the perceived champions, towards competitors in chases of three miles or more.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He ended last season by winning the Scottish Champion Hurdle, then injured himself in his first novice chase.’
      • ‘Apparently the horse jumped particularly well and his trainer expects him to make a big impression in novice chases.’
    2. 1.2the chase Hunting as a sport.
      ‘she was an ardent follower of the chase’
      • ‘Hunting with hounds is totally different: animals are hunted for sport and the ritualised chase is designed to be as long as possible.’
      • ‘The others left the chase at various points after that.’
      • ‘American collectors may link acquiring art with social status, but there is also the real joy of the chase.’
      • ‘The Emperor, who was preparing for the chase, escaped being made a prisoner by hardly an hour.’
      • ‘It is a visible quarry, so foot followers can still be involved and enjoy the chase.’
      • ‘She lived for danger, the chase, the thrill of it all.’
      • ‘The thrill of the chase only compounded her problems.’
      • ‘The thrill of the chase is secondary because of the need to keep the fox population down.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And I couldn't help but feel the thrill of a different kind of chase.’
      • ‘The association of the chase of the hunt and the chase of sex is an anthropological commonplace.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As with every seduction, however, the excitement of the chase soon is replaced by discontent and even misery.’
      • ‘This whole area used to be Henry VIII's hunting chase, a protected patch of lush woodland to the north of the capital.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The thrill of the sport lies in the chase and the hounds tracking the fox.’
      • ‘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 spirits of the men was much lifted by the hunt, for they enjoyed the chase, and it was great sport for all of them.’
      • ‘I suspect the chase is the part they enjoy, as some skill is required riding a horse over rough terrain.’
      • ‘It is impossible to know for certain to what extent hunted animals suffer during the chase and the kill.’
    3. 1.3British An area of unenclosed land formerly reserved for hunting.
      • ‘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

  • give chase

    • Go in pursuit.

      ‘a patrol car gave chase and finally overtook him’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A Police Car gives chase and manages to force her car to the side of the road.’
      • ‘He kept pointing the gun at us but we kept giving chase.’
      • ‘When the van refused to stop, police gave chase and the four men were shot during the pursuit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Police gave chase, finally forcing the driver to pull off the road.’
      • ‘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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Origin

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

Pronunciation

chase

/CHās//tʃeɪs/

Main definitions of chase in US English:

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chase2

verb

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

    ‘a miniature container with a delicately chased floral design’
    • ‘I'm not going to waste my time chasing that particular brass ring any longer.’
    • ‘Another designed, cast, and possibly chased the feet, handle, and applied decoration.’
    • ‘The bowl features ornate floral chased decoration.’
    • ‘A case in point is the repoussé and chased outer watchcase of the pair-case watch.’
    • ‘This is a gorgeous Victorian solid sterling silver vesta case with beautiful hand chased decoration and initialled cartouche.’
    • ‘The swirling movement of the dense repoussé and chased decoration and the sinuous spout and handle are in perfect balance.’
    • ‘The gold foil is chased from the inside with details incised on the exterior.’
    • ‘After casting, the best plaquettes were usually chiselled and chased, and either finished with a patina or gilt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/CHās//tʃeɪs/

Main definitions of chase in US English:

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chase3

noun

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

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

chase

/CHās//tʃeɪs/

Main definitions of chase in US English:

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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.

    • ‘Next, all new air-conditioning ducts had to be installed in the original wall chases.’
    • ‘For example, photos of a pipe chase can be placed in the model with information tags to identify each pipe and duct.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You need to be able to drill down into the wall chase at the exact spot above your proposed "hole-in-the-wall."’

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

/CHās//tʃeɪs/