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adjective [not gradable]  /tʃif/ us  

chief adjective [not gradable] (MOST IMPORTANT)

most important: Their chief objection to the appointment was that she had no judicial experience.

chief adjective [not gradable] (PERSON IN CHARGE)

highest in position or power: the chief economist/engineer/nurse He is chairman and chief executive of the company.


noun [C]  /tʃif/ us  

chief noun [C] (PERSON IN CHARGE)

the person in charge of a group or organization, or the ruler of a tribe (= a group of families): the chief of police
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