Definition of chase noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʃeɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʃeɪs//
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    running/driving after
  1. 1  [countable] (often used with the) an act of running or driving after somebody/something in order to catch them The thieves were caught by police after a short chase. a high-speed car chase We lost him in the narrow streets and had to give up the chase (= stop chasing him). to take up the chase (= start chasing somebody) The chase is on!
  2. for success/money/work
  3. 2[singular] a process of trying hard to get something Three teams are involved in the chase for the championship. the title chase
  4. in sport
  5. 3the chase [singular] hunting animals as a sport She enjoyed the thrill of the chase.
  6. 4[countable] = steeplechase see also wild goose chase
  7. Word Originnoun Middle English: from Old French chacier (verb), chace (noun), based on Latin captare ‘continue to take’, from capere ‘take’.Extra examples Exhausted and hungry, the hunters finally gave up the chase. He sent us on a wild goose chase. Several children joined in the chase. She ran in chase of the pram. The film ends with a long car chase. The movie opens with an exciting chase scene. The old lady shouted for help and then gave chase. What did he really want? Was it just the thrill of the chase?Idioms (informal) to stop wasting time and start talking about the most important thing Right, let's cut to the chase. How much is it going to cost? to run after somebody/something in order to catch them We gave chase along the footpath.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chase