chase1 S3 [tʃeıs] v
2¦(make somebody/something leave)¦
3¦(try to get something)¦
7 chase the dragon
Phrasal verbs
 chase somebody/something<=>down
 chase somebody/something<=>up
[Sense: 1-5, 7; Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: chacier, from Vulgar Latin captiare; CATCH1]
[Sense: 6; Date: 1400-1500; Origin: enchase 'to set (a jewel)' (15-21 centuries), from French enchâsser, from châsse 'case, setting', from Latin capsa; CASE1]
1.) ¦(FOLLOW)¦ [I and T]
to quickly follow someone or something in order to catch them
The dogs saw him running and chased him.
kids chasing around the house
chase sb along/down/up sth etc
The police chased the suspect along Severn Avenue.
chase after
A gang of boys chased after her, calling her names.
2.) ¦(MAKE SOMEBODY/SOMETHING LEAVE)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to make someone or something leave, especially by following them for a short distance and threatening them
chase sb away/off
The men were chased off by troops, who fired warning shots.
chase sb out of sth
Anne went to chase the dog out of the garden.
3.) ¦(TRY TO GET SOMETHING)¦ [I and T]
to use a lot of time and effort trying to get something such as work or money
Top graduates from the university are chased by major companies.
chase after
reporters chasing after a story
4.) ¦(HURRY)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
BrE to rush or hurry somewhere
chase around/up/down etc
I was chasing around getting everything organized.
5.) ¦(ROMANCE)¦ [T]
to try hard to make someone notice you and pay attention to you, because you want to have a romantic relationship with them
'Sometimes a girl wants to be chased,' Amelia said.
6.) ¦(METAL)¦ [T]
technical to decorate metal with a special tool
chased silver
7.) chase the dragon informal
to smoke the drug ↑heroin
chase down [chase sb/sth<=>down] phr v
to find something or someone that you have been looking for
We had to chase down everyone we'd sold a bike to.
chase up [chase sb/sth<=>up] phr v
1.) to remind someone to do something they promised to do for you
David hasn't paid yet - you'd better chase him up.
2.) to try to make something happen or arrive more quickly, because it has been taking too long
Can you chase up those photos for me tomorrow?
chase 2
chase2 n
the act of following someone or something quickly in order to catch them
a high-speed car chase
Police spotted the car and gave chase (=chased it) .
2.) [singular]
when you use a lot of time and effort trying to get something
chase after
the chase after higher-paying jobs

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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