Meaning of CHASE in English


I. ˈchās verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English chacen, chasen, from Middle French chasser, from Old French chacier, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin captiare, from Latin captare to seize, strive after — more at catch

transitive verb


a. : to follow usually rapidly and intently in order to or as if to trail or overtake, seize, molest, or do violence to : pursue

some police chasing a criminal in a taxi

a dog chasing a rabbit

the pirates chased the treasure galleon

children chasing each other in play

waves chased each other up the beach

b. : hunt

rose to chase the deer at five — Alfred Tennyson

c. : to follow or attend upon usually persistently and hopefully with the intention of attracting, alluring, or persuading into companionship or intimacy

a bobby-soxer chasing boys

a middle-aged man chasing women half his age

d. : to follow (as an ambulance) to the scene of an accident in order to solicit business

e. : to follow up (a strong drink) with a chaser

2. obsolete : persecute , harass

3. : to move usually rapidly in the direction of in order to observe, obtain, or find out about

children chasing a fire

library attendants chasing books called for by readers

salesmen chasing new orders

— sometimes used with down

detectives chased down all possible clues to the murder


a. : to cause to depart or flee especially by the use of or threat of violence or other harassment : drive , expel , dispel

love hath chased sleep from my enthralled eyes — Shakespeare

I'll chase the whole rebel army all the way to South Carolina — Kenneth Roberts

chase cattle out of a wheat field

b. slang : to take (oneself) off

go chase yourself; you're too small to play with us

c. baseball : to cause the removal of (as a pitcher by a batting rally) or oust from a game

intransitive verb

1. : to chase an animal, person, or thing — usually used with after

the children of Israel returned from chasing after the Philistines — 1 Sam 17: 53 (Authorized Version)

chasing after material possessions

a girl who chases after boys

2. : rush , hasten

chasing all over town looking for a place to stay

Synonyms: see follow

II. noun

also chace “

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English chace, chase, from Old French chace, from chacier, v.


a. : the act of pursuing for the purpose of seizing, capturing, molesting, doing violence, or killing : pursuit

b. : the searching out and pursuit of wild animals for the purpose of killing them as an occupation or sport — used with the ; see hunting

c. : the act of pursuing for the purpose of putting to flight : rout

d. : a usually earnest or frenzied seeking after something greatly desired

this mad chase of fame — John Dryden

the excitements of the intellectual chase — R.W.Southern

2. : something pursued (as a hunted animal or a ship) : quarry


a. English law : a liberty or franchise to hunt within certain limits of land not necessarily owned by the one having the liberty or of keeping beasts of chase therein

b. in England : a tract of unenclosed land used as a game preserve usually distinguished from a forest in being smaller, having fewer law-enforcement officers, and being sometimes private property — compare forest , park , warren

4. : a stroke in court tennis similar to a placement in lawn tennis which requires that the players replay the point ; also : the point so replayed

5. dialect : a lane between fields on a farm

6. obsolete : the chase guns of a ship ; also : the part of a ship in which the chase ports are

7. : the length of yarn in one traverse of the winding faller in winding the cop in cotton spinning


[by shortening]

: steeplechase

9. : a sequence of a melodrama or now usually of a motion picture representing the pursuit of one character by others

III. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English chasen, modification of Middle French enchasser to set (as a jewel) — more at enchase


a. : to ornament (a metal, especially silver, surface) by indenting with a hammer and tools without a cutting edge

b. : to make (as a decoration) by such indentation

c. : to set especially with gems

2. : to cut (a thread) with a chaser

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: French chas eye of a needle, space between beams, compartment of a house, from Old French, from Late Latin capsus enclosed space in a house, nave of a church, bladder, from Latin, cage, part of a wagon, alteration of capsa box — more at case


a. obsolete : the furrow on a crossbow in which the arrow lies

b. obsolete : the bore of a cannon

c. : the part of a cannon from the trunnions or part where trunnions would be if the piece had them to the mouth or the swell of the muzzle — see cannon illustration

2. : a groove or channel for something to lie in or pass through: as

a. : trench

b. : a channel in the inner face of a masonry wall of a building to provide space for pipes, ducts, or wiring

c. : a groove cut lengthwise for the reception of a part to make a joint

3. : a kind of joint in ship building by which an overlap joint is changed to a flush joint by means of a gradually deepening rabbet (as at the ends of clinker-built boats)

V. transitive verb

: groove , indent

VI. noun

( -s )

Etymology: probably from French châsse frame — more at chasse


a. : a rectangular steel or iron frame into which letterpress matter is locked for printing or plating — compare form

b. : any of certain analogous devices (as for holding work in photocomposing and duplicating machines or for holding carton-cutting dies)

2. : typeset matter before it is placed in a chase

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