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verb chase pronunciation in American English /tʃeɪs/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlechasing
past tensechased
past participlechased
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to follow someone or something quickly in order to catch them
    They were chased by photographers as they took their son to school.
    chase after: I chased after the robbers for several blocks.
    chase someone/something down/up/along something: The band has often been chased down the street by enthusiastic fans.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to follow someone or something quickly in order to make them go away
      chase someone/something off: The male fish chases off other males that try to get too close to the females.
      chase someone/something away: He chased the snakes away with a stick.
      chase someone/something out of something: We chased the cat out of the house.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to force someone out of a position of power
    chase someone/something from something: The military leaders were chased from power two years ago.
    chase someone/something out of something: Amin was chased out of the country in 1979.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] informal to do something in a hurry
    chase down/up/along: I saw Jill chasing up the walk waving a letter.
    chase around: I’ve been chasing around all week buying presents.
    chase all over: There’s no sense in chasing all over the country.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to try hard to get something you want such as a job, prize, or money
    I suppose chasing fame and fortune isn’t worth it after all.
    Many companies are still chasing debts that are more than five years old.
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to try to get someone to have a sexual relationship with you
      Aren’t you getting a bit old for chasing girls?
      chase after: She could not imagine him chasing after other women.
  5. 5
    [transitive] art to decorate metal using a special tool
    an elaborately chased silver dish


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