To chase is to follow or go after someone or something you want. This activity is called a chase. Dogs chase cats, cats chase mice, and mice are in big trouble.

The word chase tried to run away from the Old French word chacier for "to hunt or strive for,” but we caught it. Any time you’re trying to get something that’s trying to get away from you, you chase it. Police officers chase criminals, and kids playing tag chase each other all over the yard. You can also chase things that aren't physical, like a dream or a goal. This activity itself is called a chase.

Definitions of chase
  1. verb
    go after with the intent to catch
    “The policeman chased the mugger down the alley”
    “the dog chased the rabbit”
    synonyms: chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tag, tail, track, trail
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    chase an animal up a tree
    search the trail of (game)
    hound, hunt, trace
    pursue or chase relentlessly
    run down
    pursue until captured
    hound or harry relentlessly
    type of:
    follow, pursue
    follow in or as if in pursuit
  2. verb
    pursue someone sexually or romantically
    synonyms: chase after
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    court, romance, solicit, woo
    make amorous advances towards
  3. noun
    the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
    synonyms: following, pursual, pursuit
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    tracking, trailing
    the pursuit (of a person or animal) by following tracks or marks they left behind
    shadowing, tailing
    the act of following someone secretly
    stalk, stalking
    the act of following prey stealthily
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    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  4. verb
    cut a groove into
    chase silver”
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    separate with or as if with an instrument
  5. verb
    cut a furrow into a columns
    synonyms: chamfer, furrow
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    type of:
    separate with or as if with an instrument
  6. noun
    a rectangular metal frame used in letterpress printing to hold together the pages or columns of composed type that are printed at one time
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    the framework for a pair of eyeglasses
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