chase

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.

Primary Meanings of chase

1.
vn
go after with the intent to catch
the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture
2.
v
cut a groove into
3.
n
a rectangular metal frame used in letterpress printing to hold together the pages or columns of composed type that are printed at one time
Full Definitions of chase
1

v 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
Types:
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tree
chase an animal up a tree
quest
search the trail of (game)
hound, hunt, trace
pursue or chase relentlessly
run down
pursue until captured
ferret
hound or harry relentlessly
Type of:
follow, pursue
follow in or as if in pursuit

v pursue someone sexually or romantically

Synonyms:
chase after
Type of:
court, romance, solicit, woo
make amorous advances towards

n the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture

Synonyms:
following, pursual, pursuit
Types:
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
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another
2

v cut a groove into

chase silver”
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cut a furrow into a columns

Synonyms:
chamfer, furrow
Type of:
cut
separate with or as if with an instrument
3

n a rectangular metal frame used in letterpress printing to hold together the pages or columns of composed type that are printed at one time

Type of:
frame
the framework for a pair of eyeglasses

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