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’.
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.
“Only the mad girls chase me, I think.”
“The job of art is to chase ugliness away.”
pursue, run after, hurry, rush
View the full definition in the Macmillan Dictionary.