American English

Definition of chase verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chase
    he / she / it chases
    past simple chased
    -ing form chasing
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    run/drive after
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to run, drive, etc. after someone or something in order to catch them chase somebody/something My dog likes chasing rabbits. The kids chased each other around the kitchen table. We were chased by a bull while crossing the field. chase after somebody/something He chased after the burglar but couldn't catch him.
  2. money/work/success
  3. 2[transitive] chase something to try to obtain or achieve something, for example money, work, or success Too many people are chasing too few jobs nowadays. The team is chasing its first win in five games.
  4. man/woman
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] (informal) to try to persuade someone to have a sexual relationship with you chase after somebody Kevin's been chasing after Jan for months. chase somebody Girls are always chasing him.
  6. remind someone
  7. 4[transitive] chase somebody (informal) to persuade someone to do something that they should have done already I need to chase him about organizing the meeting.
  8. rush
  9. 5[intransitive] + adv./prep. (informal) to rush or hurry somewhere I've been chasing around town all morning looking for a present for Sharon.
  10. metal
  11. 6[transitive] chase something (technology) to cut patterns or designs on metal chased silver
  12. Idioms
    chase your (own) tail (informal)
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    to be very busy but in fact achieve very little
    Phrasal Verbschase somebody/somethingaway, off, out, somethingdownchase somebodyup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: chase