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chain

noun uk   us   /tʃeɪn/

chain noun (CONNECTED THINGS)

B2 [C] a set of connected or related things: She has built up a chain of 180 bookshops across the country. His resignation was followed by a remarkable chain of events.
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chain noun (RINGS)

A2 [C or U] (a length of) rings usually made of metal that are connected together and used for fastening, pulling, supporting, or limiting freedom, or as jewellery: The gates were locked with a padlock and a heavy steel chain. Put the chain on the door if you are alone in the house. Mary was wearing a beautiful silver chain around her neck.in chains tied with chains: The hostages were kept in chains for 23 hours a day. [plural] a fact or situation that limits a person's freedom: At last the country has freed itself from the chains of the authoritarian regime.

chain noun (HOUSE SALE)

[C] UK a situation in which someone selling a house cannot complete the sale because the person who wants to buy it needs to sell their house first: Some sellers refuse to exchange contracts with buyers who are in a chain.

chain

verb [T usually + adv/prep] uk   us   /tʃeɪn/
to fasten someone or something using a chain: It's so cruel to keep a pony chained up like that all the time. They chained themselves to lampposts in protest at the judge's decision.figurative I don't want a job where I'm chained to a desk for eight hours a day.
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