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chiefadjective [not gradable]

 us   /tʃif/

chief adjective [not gradable] (MOST IMPORTANT)

most ​important: Their chief ​objection to the ​appointment was that she had no ​judicialexperience.

chief adjective [not gradable] (PERSON IN CHARGE)

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)

Definition of "chief" - British English Dictionary

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chiefadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /tʃiːf/

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 ​fireofficer/​accountant
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chiefnoun [C]

uk   us   /tʃiːf/
B2 the ​person in ​charge of a ​group or ​organization, or the ​ruler of a tribe: a ​police chief A new chief of the ​securityforces has just been ​appointed. [as form of address] UK humorous Can you ​sign this ​form for me, chief?
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chiefadjective

uk   us   /tʃiːf/
biggest or most important; ​main: Our chief ​concernright now is getting all these ​goods out onto the ​shelves. Coffee and rice are the country's chief ​exports.
highest in ​rank: the chief ​accountant/​securityofficer

chiefnoun [C]

uk   us   /tʃiːf/
a ​person who is in ​charge of a ​group or ​organization: a ​police/​fire chief the chief ofpolice
(Definition of chief from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “chief”
in Korean 주된, 최고의…
in Arabic رَئيسي…
in Malaysian utama…
in French principal…
in Russian основной, важнейший, старший…
in Chinese (Traditional) 最重要的, 首要的, 最主要的…
in Italian maggiore, primo, più elevato…
in Turkish başlıca, en önemli, şef…
in Polish główny…
in Spanish principal…
in Vietnamese chủ yếu…
in Portuguese principal…
in Thai สำคัญที่สุด…
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…
in Indonesian utama…
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