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chase

Definition

1. to follow someone or something quickly in order to catch them
a. to follow someone or something quickly in order to make them go away
2. to force someone out of a position of power
3. to do something in a hurry
4. to try hard to get something you want such as a job, prize, or money
a. to try to get someone to have a sexual relationship with you
5. to decorate metal using a special tool

Origin and usage

The word chase was first used in English in the mid-13th century. It comes from the Old French word ‘chacier’ which means ‘to hunt’.



Examples

Chase is a common English verb with many different but related meanings. The word generally refers to any situation where someone is in pursuit of something. People can chase their dreams, chase a job, chase a goal, chase an animal, or chase each other.

One rather uncommon use of the word chase is to describe the process of stamping a decorative pattern or design onto a metal object, like a piece of silver or tin. When metal is chased, an artisan uses special tools to refine and sharpen a design. Pressure is applied to the chase tools from the front of the piece, resulting in a more detailed decoration. There is also a technique known as flat chase, which uses small, blunt tools to give metal pieces a different kind of look. Flat chase work was popular in Europe during the 18th century and later in the United States.

Quotations

“Only the mad girls chase me, I think.”
(Prince William)
“The job of art is to chase ugliness away.”
(Bono)

Synonyms

pursue, run after, hurry, rush
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