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persuade | chase |

As a verb persuade

is .

As a proper noun chase is

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



Alternative forms

* perswade (obsolete)


  • To successfully convince (someone) to agree to, accept, or do something, usually through reasoning and verbal influence. Compare sway.
  • That salesman was able to persuade me into buying this bottle of lotion.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • We will persuade him, be it possible.
  • *
  • The boy became volubly friendly and bubbling over with unexpected humour and high spirits. He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance. Nobody would miss them, he explained.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=November 10, author=Jeremy Wilson, work=Telegraph
  • , title= England Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report , passage=The most persistent tormentor was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored a hat-trick in last month’s corresponding fixture in Iceland. His ability to run at defences is instantly striking, but it is his clever use of possession that has persuaded some shrewd judges that he is an even better prospect than Theo Walcott.}}
  • To urge, plead; to try to convince (someone to do something).
  • * (Bible), 2 (w) xviii. 32
  • Hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you.
  • * 1834 , (w), A Narrative of the Life of , Nebraska 1987, p. 34:
  • He persuaded me to go home, but I refused.
  • (obsolete) To convince of by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe.
  • * (Bible), (w) vi. 9
  • Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you.


    * convince


    * dissuade

    Derived terms

    * persuasion * persuasive



    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.