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Noun
A leader or ruler of a people or clan
“The village chief says he would not give up any of his six children but says others believe they are doing their sons or daughters a favor.”
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The head of an organization
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“The national chief confirmed that his organization is still not sure what its final budget for this year will be.”
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The principal or greater part of something
“It bears the chief of the weight and burden.”
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A person exercising government or dominion over a place or people
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A wealthy and powerful businessperson
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One who leads, or is respected, due to age or experience
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Someone who performs feats of strength, sometimes in competitions or in a circus
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A pin inserted through holes at the end of an axle, so as to secure a wheel
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(attributive) The most important one out of a related group
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The highest or most important rank, level, or position
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Being of the highest rank or status
“All operational, training, administrative, and economic functions will be fully concentrated in the hands of the chief commanding officer.”
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Representing the primary, or most important, aspect of something
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“This is brilliant, and explains the chief crux of the scene entirely satisfactorily.”
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Exceeding all others in standard, quality or suitability
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“Levin is the chief example of a good family man, as he and Kitty surmount many bad patches in their relationship.”
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