1 seat, armchair, stool, bench, easy chair, rocking-chair:
He offered me a chair so I sat down.
2 throne, bench, position, cathedra, authority; professorship, directorship:
Sue has been offered a chair on the board.
3 chairperson, chairman, chairwoman, presiding officer, leader, moderator:
The chair ruled on the matter after due consideration.
4 preside, lead, govern, moderate, run, direct, manage, oversee:
Katherine will chair the meetings during the absence of the president.
1 piece of furniture
comfortable, comfy, cushioned, padded, plush, soft, upholstered | hard, uncomfortable | deep, low | high-backed, straight-backed, wing-backed, winged | rush-seated, tubular | rickety | reclining, swivel
He lay back in the reclining chair and went to sleep. She returned to the swivel chair behind her desk.
| folding | matching
a dining table and four matching chairs
‘Please, be my guest.’ He gestured towards an empty chair.
| antique | mahogany, plastic, steel, wooden | dining, fireside, kitchen
row | set
a set of antique mahogany dining chairs
VERB + CHAIR
draw up, pull up
‘Can I join you?’‘Yes, pull up a chair.’
| pull out
He pulled out a chair for her.
| have, take
Come in and take a chair.
| give sb
He gave her his chair.
| push back
He pushed back his chair and got to his feet.
| collapse into/onto, flop (back/down) in/into/on/onto, lower yourself into, settle (back) in/into/on, sink (back/down) into, slump (back/down) in/into, sit (down) in/on
She dropped her bags and flopped down into the nearest chair.
| lean back in, lie back in, lounge (back) in, recline (back) in, relax (back) in, sprawl/be sprawled in
He put his feet up on the desk and lay back in his chair.
| lean forward in | straighten (up) in
They straightened in their chairs when the manager burst in.
| get out of, get up from/off, jump (up) from/out of, leap out of/from, rise from
He got up from his chair to address the meeting.
| rock backwards and forwards in/on, shift (about) in, tip back
He was shifting about uneasily in his chair. She tipped her chair back and fixed her gaze full upon him.
| swivel (on), swivel (round) in
She swivelled round in her chair and picked up the phone.
CHAIR + VERB
be placed, stand
A chair stood facing the window.
| swivel | fall over, tip up, topple over | creak
The chair creaked every time I moved.
CHAIR + NOUN
arm, back, leg, seat | cover, frame | lift
A chair lift carried us to the top of the ski run.
into a/the ~
He sank into his chair and opened the letter.
| in a/the ~
She leaned back in her chair and lit a cigarette.
| on a/the ~
A cat was asleep on the chair.
the arm/back/edge/leg of a chair
She gripped the arm of her chair as she spoke. He sat nervously on the edge of his chair.
2 person controlling a meeting
VERB + CHAIR
Anne took the chair (= was chairperson)in Carol's absence.
| address (sth to)
Please address your questions to the chair.
| appoint sb (as), elect sb (as)
in the ~
Paul Ryan was in the chair (= was chairman)at today's meeting.
3 position of university professor
VERB + CHAIR
He held the Chair of Botany at Cambridge University for thirty years.
| appoint sb to | relinquish, resign | endow, establish
A private benefactor endowed the new Chair of Japanese Literature.
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