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chase

verb uk   /tʃeɪs/ us  

chase verb (FOLLOW)

B2 [I or T] to hurry after someone or something in order to catch him, her, or it: The police car was going so fast, it must have been chasing someone. She was chasing (after) a man who had snatched her bag.Pursuing

chase verb (MOVE FAST)

[I usually + adv/prep] to hurry or run in various directions: She couldn't study with the children chasing around the house.Moving quickly

chase verb (TRY TO GET)

C2 [T] to try to get something that is difficult to get or achieve: It's depressing how many people there are chasing so few jobs. After years of chasing her dreams, she finally got a part in a film.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness [I or T] to try very hard to persuade someone to have a relationship with you: She's always chasing (after) men.Finding a partner

chase verb (GET RID OF)

B2 [T + adv/prep] to run after a person or an animal in a threatening way in order to make them leave: He used to chase the children away from his apple trees. She's always chasing cats out of the garden to protect her precious birds.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
Phrasal verbs

chase

noun [C] uk   /tʃeɪs/ us  
the act of going after someone or something very quickly in order to catch them or it: a tedious movie with endless car/police chasesPursuing the chase the sport of hunting animals: Asked why he went fox-hunting, he replied that he loved the thrill of the chase.Hunting
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