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English definition of “chain”

chain

noun [C]     /tʃeɪn/
COMMERCE a group of similar businesses , such as restaurants or hotels , which are all owned and controlled by the same organization : hotel/supermarket/fast-food chain The well-known fast-food chain has expanded to over 20,000 restaurants in 17 countries . chain restaurants / stores / retailers a chain of supermarkets / bookstores / department stores
a system of people , processes , or organizations that work together in a particular order : This unit examines the stages in the chain of production of tea , from the leaves in Sri Lanka to the cup in the UK.chain of command/power/authority Employee complaints were taken all the way up the corporate chain of command .
UK PROPERTY a situation in which someone cannot complete the sale of their house because the person who wants to buy it needs to sell their house first: Some house sellers refuse to exchange contracts with buyers who are in a chain
→ See also distribution chain, production chain, supply chain, value chain
(Definition of chain noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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