1 [cheys]
verb (used with object), chased, chasing.
to pursue in order to seize, overtake, etc.: The police officer chased the thief.
to pursue with intent to capture or kill, as game; hunt: to chase deer.
to follow or devote one's attention to with the hope of attracting, winning, gaining, etc.: He chased her for three years before she consented to marry him.
to drive or expel by force, threat, or harassment: She chased the cat out of the room.
verb (used without object), chased, chasing.
to follow in pursuit: to chase after someone.
to rush or hasten: We spent the weekend chasing around from one store to another.
the act of chasing; pursuit: The chase lasted a day.
an object of pursuit; something chased.
Chiefly British. a private game preserve; a tract of privately owned land reserved for, and sometimes stocked with, animals and birds to be hunted.
British. the right of keeping game or of hunting on the land of others.
a steeplechase.
the chase, the sport or occupation of hunting.
Verb phrases
give chase, to pursue: The hunt began and the dogs gave chase.
cut to the chase, Informal. to get to the main point.

1250–1300; Middle English chacen < Middle French chasser to hunt, Old French chacier < Vulgar Latin *captiāre; see catch

chaseable, adjective

celibate, chased, chaste, chest.

4. oust, rout, scatter. 7. hunt, quest. Unabridged
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chase1 (tʃeɪs)
vb (often foll by up)
1.  to follow or run after (a person, animal, or goal) persistently or quickly
2.  (tr; often foll by out, away, or off) to force to run (away); drive (out)
3.  informal (tr) to court (a member of the opposite sex) in an unsubtle manner
4.  informal to pursue persistently and energetically in order to obtain results, information, etc: chase up the builders and get a delivery date
5.  informal (intr) to hurry; rush
6.  the act of chasing; pursuit
7.  any quarry that is pursued
8.  (Brit) an unenclosed area of land where wild animals are preserved to be hunted
9.  (Brit) the right to hunt a particular quarry over the land of others
10.  the chase the act or sport of hunting
11.  short for steeplechase
12.  real tennis a ball that bounces twice, requiring the point to be played again
13.  informal chiefly (US) cut to the chase to start talking about the important aspects of something
14.  give chase to pursue (a person, animal, or thing) actively
[C13: from Old French chacier, from Vulgar Latin captiāre (unattested), from Latin captāre to pursue eagerly, from capere to take; see catch]

chase2 (tʃeɪs)
1.  printing a rectangular steel or cast-iron frame into which metal type and blocks making up pages are locked for printing or plate-making
2.  the part of a gun barrel from the front of the trunnions to the muzzle
3.  a groove or channel, esp one that is cut in a wall to take a pipe, cable, etc
4.  Also: chamfer to cut a groove, furrow, or flute in (a surface, column, etc)
[C17 (in the sense: frame for letterpress matter): probably from French châsse frame (in the sense: bore of a cannon, etc): from Old French chas enclosure, from Late Latin capsus pen for animals; both from Latin capsacase²]

chase3 (tʃeɪs)
1.  Also: enchase to ornament (metal) by engraving or embossing
2.  to form or finish (a screw thread) with a chaser
[C14: from Old French enchasserenchase]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. chacier "to catch, seize," from V.L. *captiare (see catch). Meaning of "run after" developed c.1350.
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