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English noun: chair

1. chair (artifact) a seat for one person, with a support for the back

SamplesHe put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down.

Broader (hypernym)seat

Narrower (hyponym)armchair, barber chair, chair of state, chaise, chaise longue, daybed, Eames chair, feeding chair, fighting chair, folding chair, garden chair, highchair, ladder-back, ladder-back chair, lawn chair, rocker, rocking chair, side chair, straight chair, swivel chair, tablet-armed chair, wheelchair

Part holonymback, backrest, leg

2. chair (act) the position of professor

SamplesHe was awarded an endowed chair in economics.


Broader (hypernym)berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation, spot

3. chair (person) the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization

SamplesAddress your remarks to the chairperson.

Synonymschairman, chairperson, chairwoman, president

Broader (hypernym)presiding officer

Narrower (hyponym)Kalon Tripa, vice chairman

4. chair (artifact) an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles an ordinary seat for one person

SamplesThe murderer was sentenced to die in the chair.

Synonymsdeath chair, electric chair, hot seat

Broader (hypernym)instrument of execution

5. chair (artifact) a particular seat in an orchestra

SamplesHe is second chair violin.

Broader (hypernym)seat

English verb: chair

1. chair (social) act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university

SamplesShe chaired the department for many years.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)head, lead

2. chair (communication) preside over

SamplesJohn moderated the discussion.

ExamplesSam and Sue chair

Synonymslead, moderate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)discuss, hash out, talk over

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