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What is another word for chief?

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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.”
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.”
The principal or greater part of something
“It bears the chief of the weight and burden.”
A person exercising government or dominion over a place or people
A wealthy and influential businessman or businesswoman
The most important or significant of a related group
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.”
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.”
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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