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 for To take the chair
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Chair \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,
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     1. A movable single seat with a back.
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     2. An official seat, as of a chief magistrate or a judge, but
        esp. that of a professor; hence, the office itself.
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              The chair of a philosophical school.  --Whewell.
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              A chair of philology.                 --M. Arnold.
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     3. The presiding officer of an assembly; a chairman; as, to
        address the chair.
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     4. A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles,
        or two-wheeled carriage, drawn by one horse; a gig.
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              Think what an equipage thou hast in air,
              And view with scorn two pages and a chair. --Pope.
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     5. An iron block used on railways to support the rails and
        secure them to the sleepers.
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     Chair days, days of repose and age.
     To put into the chair, to elect as president, or as
        chairman of a meeting. --Macaulay.
     To take the chair, to assume the position of president, or
        of chairman of a meeting.
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