chase Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “chase” in the English Dictionary

"chase" in British English

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uk   us   /tʃeɪs/

chase verb (FOLLOW)

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

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

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. [I or T] to ​try very hard to ​persuade someone to have a ​relationship with you: She's always chasing (after) men.

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 him, her, or it ​leave: He used to chase the ​children away from his ​appletrees. She's always chasing ​cats out of the ​garden to ​protect her ​preciousbirds.
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chasenoun [C]

uk   us   /tʃeɪs/
the ​act of going after someone or something very ​quickly in ​order to ​catch him, her, or it: a ​tediousmovie with ​endless car/​police chases
(Definition of chase from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chase" in American English

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 us   /tʃeɪs/

chase verb (HURRY AFTER)

[I/T] to ​hurry after in ​order to ​catch someone or something: [T] The ​dog chased ​squirrels in the ​park. [I/T] To chase something you ​want is to ​try very hard to get it: She is chasing her fourth ​championshiptitle. [always + adv/prep] I was ​finallyable to chase down that ​address I was ​looking for.

chase verb (MAKE LEAVE)

[T] to ​act in a ​threatening way in ​order to make a ​person or ​animalleave: She’s always chasing ​rabbits out of her ​garden, but they ​keep coming back.
noun [C]  us   /tʃeɪs/
The ​dog got ​tired and gave up the chase.
(Definition of chase from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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