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English definition of “chain”

chain

noun (RINGS)    /tʃeɪn/
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 .Cords, ropes, cables and string in chains tied with chains: The hostages were kept in chains for 23 hours a day .Fastening and tying [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 .Limiting and restrictingPreventing and impeding
(Definition of chain noun (RINGS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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