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Definition of chain verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chain
    he / she / it chains
    past simple chained
    -ing form chaining
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  1. 1  to fasten something with a chain; to fasten someone or something to another person or thing with a chain, so that they do not escape or get stolen chain somebody/something The doors were always locked and chained. chain somebody/something up The dog was chained up for the night. chain somebody/something to somebody/something She chained her bicycle to the gate.
  2. 2(figurative) I've been chained to my desk all week (= because there was so much work).
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