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"chief" in British English

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chiefadjective [before noun]

uk   /tʃiːf/  us   /tʃiːf/
B2 most important or main: The chief problem we have in the area now is the spread of disease. The weather was our chief reason for coming here.

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chiefnoun [C]

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

"chief" in American English

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chiefadjective [not gradable]

 us   /tʃif/
most important: Their chief objection to the appointment was that she had no judicial experience.
highest in position or power: the chief economist/engineer/nurse He is chairman and chief executive of the company.

chiefnoun [C]

 us   /tʃif/
  • 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
(Definition of chief from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"chief" in Business English

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chiefadjective

uk   us   /tʃiːf/
biggest or most important; main: Our chief concern right now is getting all these goods out onto the shelves. Coffee and rice are the country's chief exports.

chiefnoun [C]

uk   us   /tʃiːf/
a person who is in charge of a group or organization: a police/fire chief the chief of police
(Definition of chief from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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