chase - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlechasing
past tensechased
past participlechased
  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 more than a mile.

    chase someone/something down/up/along something:

    The band have 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 path waving a letter.

    chase round:

    I’ve been chasing round 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