chair

I. chair chair 1 [tʆeə ǁ tʆer] noun [singular]
1. COMMERCE the person who is in charge of a meeting, or the job of being in charge of it:

• the Chair of the plenary session

• If you have strong feelings about a situation, declare an interest and suggest that someone else takes the chair (= takes charge of the meeting ) .

2. JOBS COMMERCE the chairman or chairwoman of a company or organization, or the job of chairman or chairwoman:

• chair of the International Commercial Bank of China

  [m0] II. chair chair 2 verb [transitive]
COMMERCE to be in charge of a meeting:

• He chaired his first board meeting yesterday afternoon.

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Ⅰ.
chair UK US /tʃeər/ noun
[C] MEETINGS a person who is in charge of a meeting: act as chair »

John Taylor, who was acting as chair of the meeting, brought it to a close at 4 p.m.

»

All questions should be addressed to the chair.

See also CHAIRMAN(Cf. chairman), CHAIRPERSON(Cf. ↑chairperson), CHAIRWOMAN(Cf. ↑chairwoman)
[S] MEETINGS the position of being in charge of a meeting: take the chair »

I suggest that Barbara take the chair for this meeting.

[C] a person who is in charge of a committee or organization: appoint/elect sb (as) chair »

She was elected chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

[C] WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT a person who is in charge of a company: serve/act as chair »

For the past three years he has served as the company's chair, president, and CEO.

appoint/select sb as chair »

The board of directors recently appointed Ms McCann as the new chair.

See also CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD(Cf. ↑chairman of the board)
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chair UK US /tʃeər/ verb [I or T]
MEETINGS to be in charge of a meeting or a committee: »

Stephen will be chairing the meeting in my absence.

»

A San Francisco assemblyman will chair the legislative hearing in Sacramento on Wednesday.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • chair — [ ʃɛr ] n. f. • XVe; car 1080; lat. caro, carnis→ carné; acharner I ♦ 1 ♦ Substance molle du corps de l homme ou des animaux, essentiellement constituée des tissus musculaire et conjonctif (opposé à squelette). La chair et les os. Os dépouillés… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • chair — 1. (chêr) s. f. 1°   Toutes les parties molles du corps de l homme et des animaux, et plus particulièrement la partie rouge des muscles. Recevoir une blessure dans les chairs. •   Mais je n ai plus trouvé qu un horrible mélange D os et de chairs… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • chair — CHAIR. s. fém. Substance molle et sanguine, qui est entre la peau et les os de l animal. Chair vive, chair morte, chair ferme. Avoir un coup d épée dans les chairs. Avoir la chair bonne. On guérit aisément les blessures qui ne sont que dans les… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • chair — CHAIR. s. f. Substance molle & sanguine qui est entre la peau & les os de l animal. Chair vive. chair morte. chair ferme. il a un coup d espée dans les chairs. il a la chair bonne, on guerit aisément ses blessures. il a la chair mauvaise, il est… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • chair — Chair, Caro, Ce que communéement disons Chair, Les Hebrieux dient Scheer. Parquoy semble que nous ayons laissé la premiere lettre, et nous soyons accoustumez à prononcer Cheer. Tous vendans chair cuite, Omnes popinarum institores, B. ex Seneca.… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Chair — (ch[^a]r), n. [OE. chaiere, chaere, OF. chaiere, chaere, F. chaire pulpit, fr. L. cathedra chair, armchair, a teacher s or professor s chair, Gr. ? down + ? seat, ? to sit, akin to E. sit. See {Sit}, and cf. {Cathedral}, {chaise}.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chair — [cher] n. [ME & OFr chaire < L cathedra: see CATHEDRA] 1. a piece of furniture for one person to sit on, having a back and, usually, four legs 2. a seat of authority or dignity 3. the position of a player in an instrumental section of a… …   English World dictionary

  • chair — ► NOUN 1) a separate seat for one person, with a back and four legs. 2) the person in charge of a meeting or an organization. 3) a professorship. 4) (the chair) US short for ELECTRIC CHAIR(Cf. ↑electric chair). ► …   English terms dictionary

  • Chair — Chair, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chaired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chairing}.] 1. To place in a chair. [1913 Webster] 2. To carry publicly in a chair in triumph. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] 3. To function as chairperson of (a meeting, committee, etc.); as, he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chair — chair; chair·man·ship; chair·o·plane; chair·man; …   English syllables

  • chair — [n1] single seat furniture armchair, bench, cathedra, recliner, rocker, sling*; concept 443 chair [n2] person in or position of authority captain, chairperson, director, fellowship, helm, instructorship, leader, monitor, position of control,… …   New thesaurus

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