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chase

verb 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 police car 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 various directions: 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 apple trees. She's always chasing cats out of the garden to protect her precious birds.
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chase

noun [C] uk   us   /tʃeɪs/
the act of going after someone or something very quickly in order to catch him, her, or it: a tedious movie with endless car/police chases
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