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Definition of chair verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

chair

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//tʃeə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tʃer//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they chair
BrE BrE//tʃeə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tʃer//
 
he / she / it chairs
BrE BrE//tʃeəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tʃerz//
 
past simple chaired
BrE BrE//tʃeəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tʃerd//
 
past participle chaired
BrE BrE//tʃeəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tʃerd//
 
-ing form chairing
BrE BrE//ˈtʃeərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃerɪŋ//
 
Business meetings
 
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chair something to act as the chairman or chairwoman of a meeting, discussion, etc. Who's chairing the meeting? Wordfinderargument, ayes, chair, debate, the floor, motion, propose, second, speak, vote See related entries: Business meetings Word Origin Middle English: from Old French chaiere (modern chaire ‘bishop's throne, etc.’, chaise ‘chair’), from Latin cathedra ‘seat’, from Greek kathedra. Compare with cathedral.Extra examples I had the unenviable task of chairing the closing session. Lord Stansfield will chair the committee. Who’s chairing the meeting?
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chair