Haunt vs Chase - What's the difference?

haunt | chase |

As a verb haunt

is to inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).

As a noun haunt

is a place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.

As a proper noun chase is

a botanical plant name author abbreviation for botanist mary agnes chase (1869-1963).

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Alternative forms

* (l) (Scotland)


(en verb)
  • To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
  • A couple of ghosts haunt the old, burnt-down house.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • those cares that haunt the court and town
  • * Fairfax
  • Foul spirits haunt my resting place.
  • To make uneasy, restless.
  • The memory of his past failures haunted him.
  • To stalk, to follow
  • The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.
  • To live habitually; to stay, to remain.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , John XI:
  • Jesus therfore walked no more openly amonge the iewes: butt went his waye thence vnto a countre ny to a wildernes into a cite called effraym, and there haunted with his disciples.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.x:
  • yonder in that wastefull wildernesse / Huge monsters haunt , and many dangers dwell
  • To accustom; habituate; make accustomed to.
  • * Wyclif
  • Haunt thyself to pity.
  • To practise; to devote oneself to.
  • * Ascham
  • Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime.
  • To persist in staying or visiting.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors.


    (en noun)
  • A place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.
  • *
  • * 1868 , , "Kitty's Class Day":
  • Both Jack and Fletcher had graduated the year before, but still took an interest in their old haunts , and patronized the fellows who were not yet through.
  • * 1984 , Timothy Loughran and Natalie Angier, " Science: Striking It Rich in Wyoming," Time , 8 Oct.:
  • Wyoming has been a favorite haunt of paleontologists for the past century ever since westering pioneers reported that many vertebrate fossils were almost lying on the ground.
  • (dialect) A ghost.
  • * 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 93:
  • Harnts don't wander much ginerally,’ he said. ‘They hand round thar own buryin'-groun' mainly.’
  • A feeding place for animals.Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
  • References





    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) chacier, from captio. Akin to catch.

    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


    (en noun)
  • The act of one who chases another; a pursuit.
  • A hunt.
  • (uncountable) A children's game where one player chases another.
  • * 1996 , Marla Pender McGhee, Quick & Fun Learning Activities for 1 Year Olds (page 25)
  • Some children like to be caught when playing chase , and others do not.
  • * 2009 , Martin J. Levin, We Were Relentless: A Family's Journey to Overcome Disability (page 41)
  • So we played chase up and down the concourses of the airport.
  • (British) A large country estate where game may be shot or hunted.
  • Anything being chased, especially a vessel in time of war.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Nay, Warwick, seek thee out some other chase , / For I myself must hunt this deer to death.
  • (nautical) Any of the guns that fire directly ahead or astern; either a bow chase or stern chase.
  • (real tennis) The occurrence of a second bounce by the ball in certain areas of the court, giving the server the chance, later in the game, to "play off" the chase from the receiving end and possibly win the point.
  • (real tennis) A division of the floor of a gallery, marked by a figure or otherwise; the spot where a ball falls, and between which and the dedans the adversary must drive the ball in order to gain a point.
  • Derived terms
    * cut to the chase * wild-goose chase


  • To pursue, to follow at speed.
  • To hunt.
  • To give chase; to hunt.
  • to chase around after a doctor
  • (nautical) To pursue a vessel in order to destroy, capture or interrogate her.
  • To dilute alcohol.
  • Chase vodka with orange juice to make a screwdriver.
  • (cricket) To attempt to win by scoring the required number of runs in the final innings.
  • Australia will be chasing 217 for victory on the final day.
  • (baseball) To swing at a pitch outside of the strike zone, typically an outside pitch
  • Jones chases one out of the zone for strike two.
  • (baseball) To produce enough offense to cause the pitcher to be removed
  • The rally chased the starter.
    * pursue
    Derived terms
    * chase after * chase one's tail * chase rainbows * chase the dragon
    See also
    * follow

    Etymology 2

    Perhaps from (etyl) , from (etyl) chasse, from (etyl) capsa.


    (en noun)
  • (printing) A rectangular steel or iron frame into which pages or columns of type are locked for printing or plate making.
  • Etymology 3

    Possibly from obsolete French , from (etyl), from Latin capsa, box. V., variant of “enchase”.


    (en noun)
  • A groove cut in an object; a slot: the chase for the quarrel on a crossbow.
  • (architecture) A trench or channel for drainpipes or wiring; an hollow space in the wall of a building containing ventilation ducts, chimney flues, wires, cables or plumbing.
  • The part of a gun in front of the trunnions.
  • The cavity of a mold.
  • (shipbuilding) A kind of joint by which an overlap joint is changed to a flush joint by means of a gradually deepening rabbet, as at the ends of clinker-built boats.
  • Verb

  • To groove; indent.
  • To cut (the thread of a screw).
  • To decorate (metal) by engraving or embossing.