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chief

adjective [before noun] uk   /tʃiːf/ us  

chief adjective [before noun] (MOST IMPORTANT)

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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chief adjective [before noun] (PERSON IN CHARGE)

B2 highest in rank: the chief fire officer/accountant
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chief

noun [C] uk   /tʃiːf/ us  
B2 the person in charge of a group or organization, or the ruler of a tribe: a police chief A new chief of the security forces has just been appointed. [as form of address] UK humorous Can you sign this form for me, chief?
Translations of “chief”
in Korean 주된, 최고의…
in Arabic رَئيسي…
in French principal…
in Turkish başlıca, en önemli, şef…
in Italian maggiore, primo, più elevato…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最重要的, 首要的, 最主要的…
in Russian основной, важнейший, старший…
in Polish główny…
in Spanish principal…
in Portuguese principal…
in German Haupt-……
in Catalan principal…
in Japanese 主な, 最も重要な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 最重要的, 首要的, 最主要的…
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