noun su·per·vi·sor \ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər\

: a person who supervises someone or something

Full Definition of SUPERVISOR

:  one that supervises; especially :  an administrative officer in charge of a business, government, or school unit or operation
su·per·vi·so·ry \ˌsü-pər-ˈvī-zə-rē, -ˈvīz-rē\ adjective

Examples of SUPERVISOR

  1. The supervisor fired him after he showed up at work drunk.
  2. If you have a problem, go to your supervisor.


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from supervidēre
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Job Terms

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SUPERVISORY Defined for Kids


noun su·per·vi·sor \ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər\

Definition of SUPERVISOR for Kids

:  a person who is in charge of others
:  an officer in charge of a unit or an operation of a business, government, or school


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