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Dictionary Definition

chase n : the act of pursuing in an effort to overtake or capture; "the culprit started to run and the cop took off in pursuit" [syn: pursuit, following]


1 go after with the intent to catch; "The policeman chased the mugger down the alley"; "the dog chased the rabbit" [syn: chase after, trail, tail, tag, give chase, dog, go after, track]
2 pursue someone sexually or romantically [syn: chase after]
3 cut a groove into; "chase silver"
4 cut a furrow into a columns [syn: furrow, chamfer]

User Contributed Dictionary


see Chase


  • /tʃeɪs/, /tSeIs/

Etymology 1



  1. The action of the verb "to chase".
  2. A hunt.
  3. A large country estate where game may be shot or hunted.
  4. Anything being chased, especially a vessel in time of war
  5. Any of the guns that fire directly ahead or astern; either a bow chase or stern chase
action of the verb "to chase"
a hunt See hunt


  1. To pursue, to follow at speed.
  2. To hunt.
  3. In the context of "transitive|cricket": To attempt to win by scoring the required number of runs in the final innings.
    Australia will be chasing 217 for victory on the final day.
  4. In the context of "transitive|baseball": To swing at a pitch outside of the strike zone, typically an outside pitch
    Jones chases one out of the zone for strike two.
  5. In the context of "transitive|baseball": To produce enough offense to cause the pitcher to be removed
    The rally chased the starter.
  6. In the context of "transitive|nautical": To pursue a vessel in order to destroy, capture or interrogate her
  7. To attempt to score the required number of runs to win.
See also
to pursue, to follow at speed
to hunt See hunt

Etymology 2

Perhaps from French châsse, “case”, “reliquary”, from Old French chasse, from Latin capsa.


  1. A rectangular steel or iron frame into which pages or columns of type are locked for printing or plate making.
A rectangular steel or iron frame

Etymology 3

Possibly from obsolete French chas, “groove”, “enclosure”, from Old French, from Latin capsa, box. V., variant of “enchase”.


  1. A groove cut in an object; a slot: the chase for the quarrel on a crossbow.
  2. A trench or channel for drainpipes or wiring.
  3. The part of a gun in front of the trunnions.
  4. The cavity of a mold.
A groove cut in an object
A trench or channel for drainpipes or wiring
The part of a gun in front of the trunnions
The cavity of a mold


  1. To groove; indent.
  2. To cut (the thread of a screw).
  3. To decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing.
To groove; indent
To cut (the thread of a screw)
to decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing


Extensive Definition

Chase may refer to:


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In the United Kingdom:
In the United States:



Family names

Given names

Chase is a given name in the English language, especially in the United States. It is a transferred use of the surname. It orginated from the French term for "hunter", chasseur. In the Middle Ages it was used as a nickname for a huntsman by the Anglo-Norman people.


chase in German: Chase
chase in Spanish: Chase
chase in French: Chase
chase in Dutch: Chase
chase in Polish: Chase
chase in Volapük: Chase

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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