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"chair" in British English

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chairnoun [C]

uk   /tʃeər/  us   /tʃer/
  • chair noun [C] (FURNITURE)

A1 a ​seat for one ​person that has a back, usually four ​legs, and sometimes two ​arms
the chair
informal for the electric chair

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chairverb [T]

uk   /tʃeər/  us   /tʃer/
(Definition of chair from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chair" in American English

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chairnoun [C]

 us   /tʃeər/
  • chair noun [C] (FURNITURE)

a ​movableseat that has a ​part for ​your back to ​rest against, usually four ​legs, and sometimes two ​sideparts for ​yourarms
  • chair noun [C] (PERSON IN CHARGE)

a ​chairperson

chairverb [T]

 us   /tʃer, tʃær/
  • chair verb [T] (BE IN CHARGE)

to be the ​person in ​charge of a ​meeting: Would you chair tomorrow’s ​meeting?
(Definition of chair from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"chair" in Business English

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chairnoun

uk   us   /tʃeər/
[C] MEETINGS a ​person who is in ​charge of a ​meeting: act as chair John Taylor, who was ​acting as chair of the ​meeting, ​brought it to a ​close at 4 p.m. All ​questions should be ​addressed to the chair.
[S] MEETINGS the ​position of being in ​charge of a ​meeting: take the chair I suggest that Barbara take the chair for this ​meeting.
[C] a ​person who is in ​charge of a committee or ​organization: appoint/elect sb (as) chair She was ​elected chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
[C] WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT a ​person who is in ​charge of a ​company: serve/act as chair For the past three ​years he has ​served as the company's chair, ​president, and ​CEO. appoint/select sb as chair The ​board of ​directors recently ​appointed Ms McCann as the new chair.

chairverb [I or T]

uk   us   /tʃeər/
MEETINGS to be in ​charge of a ​meeting or a committee: Stephen will be chairing the ​meeting in my ​absence. A San Francisco assemblyman will chair the ​legislativehearing in Sacramento on Wednesday.
(Definition of chair from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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