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adjective [only before noun] chief pronunciation in British English /tʃiːf/
  1. 1
    main or most important
    Unemployment was the chief cause of poverty during the 1930s.
    Dana had always considered her looks her chief asset.
    The majority of the market has gone to their chief rival, Renault.
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  2. 2
    highest in authority, position, or rank
    Keith joined the company as chief industrial engineer.
    the government’s Chief Medical Officer


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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