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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: chain /tʃeɪn/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theychain
he/she/itchains
present participlechaining
past tensechained
past participlechained
  1. to use a chain to fasten something so that it cannot be stolen, or to fasten someone so that they cannot escape

    The more dangerous prisoners were kept chained.

    chain someone/something to something:

    Protesters had chained themselves to the railings.

    chain someone/something up:

    rows of chained up bikes

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