I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French chace, from chacer Date: 13th century 1. a. the hunting of wild animals — used with the b. the act of chasing ; pursuit c. an earnest or frenzied seeking after something desired 2. something pursued ; quarry 3. a tract of unenclosed land used as a game preserve 4. steeplechase 1 5. a sequence (as in a movie) in which the characters pursue one another II. verb (chased; chasing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French chacer, from Vulgar Latin *captiare — more at catch Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to follow rapidly ; pursue b. hunt c. to follow regularly or persistently with the intention of attracting or alluring 2. obsolete harass 3. to seek out — often used with down <
detectives chasing down clues
4. to cause to depart or flee ; drive <
chase the dog out of the garden
5. to cause the removal of (a baseball pitcher) by a batting rally 6. to swing at (a baseball pitched out of the strike zone) intransitive verb 1. to chase an animal, person, or thing <
chase after material possessions
2. rush, hasten <
chased all over town looking for a place to stay
Synonyms: chase, pursue, follow, trail mean to go after or on the track of something or someone. chase implies going swiftly after and trying to overtake something fleeing or running <
a dog chasing a cat
. pursue suggests a continuing effort to overtake, reach, or attain <
pursued the criminal through narrow streets
. follow puts less emphasis upon speed or intent to overtake <
friends followed me home in their car
. trail may stress a following of tracks or traces rather than a visible object <
trail deer
trailed a suspect across the country
. III. transitive verb (chased; chasing) Etymology: Middle English, modification of Anglo-French enchaser to set Date: 15th century 1. a. to ornament (metal) by indenting with a hammer and tools without a cutting edge b. to make by such indentation c. to set with gems 2. a. groove, indent b. to cut (a thread) with a chaser IV. noun Etymology: French chas eye of a needle, from Late Latin capsus enclosed space, alteration of Latin capsa box — more at case Date: 1611 1. groove, furrow 2. the bore of a cannon 3. a. trench b. a channel (as in a wall) for something to lie in or pass through V. noun Etymology: probably from French châsse frame, reliquary, from Middle French chasse, from Latin capsa Date: 1612 a rectangular steel or iron frame in which letterpress matter is locked (as for printing)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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