- To chase is defined as to follow quickly, pursue or run after.
An example of to chase is a cat running after a mouse.
One little boy chasing another.
chase definition by Webster's New World
- to follow quickly or persistently in order to catch or harm
- to run after; follow; pursue
- to seek after
- to make run away; drive
- to hunt (game)
- Slang to court aggressively
Origin: Middle English chacen, cacchen: see catch
- to go in pursuit: to chase after him
- Informal to go hurriedly; rush: to chase around town
- the act of chasing; pursuit
- the hunting of game for sport: often with the
- anything hunted; quarry
- an unenclosed game preserve
- a license to hunt over a specified area or to keep animals there as game
- a groove; furrow
- the bore of a gun barrel
- a groove or recess in a wall, made to provide space as for a pipe or conduit
- a rectangular metal frame in which pages or columns of type are locked
Origin: French chas, needle's eye ; from Old French ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form capsum ; from Classical Latin capsa: see case
- Chase, Salmon P(ortland) 1808-73; U.S. jurist; chief justice of the U.S. (1864-73)
- Chase, Samuel 1741-1811; Am. Revolutionary leader & U.S. jurist: associate justice, Supreme Court (1796-1811)
chase definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb chased chased, chas·ing, chas·es verb, transitive
- To follow rapidly in order to catch or overtake; pursue: chased the thief.
- To follow (game) in order to capture or kill; hunt: chase foxes.
- To seek the favor or company of persistently: chased me until I agreed to a date.
- To put to flight; drive: chased the dog away.
- Baseball To cause (an opposing pitcher) to be removed from a game by batting well.
- To go or follow in pursuit.
- Informal To go hurriedly; rush: chased all over looking for us.
- The act of chasing; pursuit.
- a. The hunting of game: the thrill of the chase.b. Something that is hunted or pursued; quarry.
- Chiefly British a. A privately owned, unenclosed game preserve.b. The right to hunt or keep game on the land of others.
Origin: Middle English chasen, to hunt, from Old French chacier, from Vulgar Latin *captiāre, from Latin captāre, to catch; see catch.
Origin: Perhaps from French châsse, case, reliquary, from Old French chasse, from Latin capsa.
- a. A groove cut in an object; a slot: the chase for the quarrel on a crossbow.b. A trench or channel for drainpipes or wiring.
- The part of a gun in front of the trunnions.
- The cavity of a mold.
- To groove; indent.
- To cut (the thread of a screw).
- To decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing.
Origin: Possibly from obsolete French chas, groove, enclosure, from Old French, from Latin capsa, box. V., variant of enchase.
, Salmon Portland 1808-1873.
, Samuel 1741-1811.
chase - Phrases/Idioms