man

noun
\ ˈman How to pronounce man (audio) , in compounds ˌman or mən \
plural men\ ˈmen How to pronounce man (audio) , in compounds  ˌmen or  mən \

Definition of man

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a(1) : an individual human especially : an adult male human
(2) : a man belonging to a particular category (as by birth, residence, membership, or occupation) usually used in combination councilman
(3) : husband I now pronounce you man and wife.
(4) : lover He was her man.
b : the human race : humankind the history of man
c : a bipedal primate mammal (Homo sapiens) that is anatomically related to the great apes but distinguished especially by notable development of the brain with a resultant capacity for articulate (see articulate entry 1 sense 1a) speech and abstract reasoning, and is the sole living representative of the hominid family broadly : any living or extinct hominid
d(1) : one possessing in high degree the qualities considered distinctive of manhood (such as courage, strength, and vigor)
(2) obsolete : the quality or state of being manly : manliness
e : fellow, chap used as mode of familiar address
f used interjectionally to express intensity of feeling man, what a game
2a : individual, person a man could get killed there
b : the individual who can fulfill or who has been chosen to fulfill one's requirements she's your man
3a : a feudal tenant : vassal
b : an adult male servant
c men plural : the working force as distinguished from the employer and usually the management The men have been on strike for several weeks.
4a : one of the distinctive objects moved by each player in various board games
b : one of the players on a team nine men on each side
5 : an alumnus of or student at a college or university a Bowdoin man
6 Christian Science : the compound idea of infinite Spirit : the spiritual image and likeness of God : the full representation of Mind
7 often capitalized : police when I heard the siren, I knew it was the ManAmer. Speech
8 often capitalized : the white establishment : white society We should control anything that affects black people. Why should The Man control us?— Jimmy Denham
9 : one extremely fond of or devoted to something specified strictly a vanilla ice cream man
as one man
: with the agreement and consent of all : unanimously The council voted as one man.
one's own man
: free from interference or control He left home and moved to the city to become his own man.
to a man
: without exception His friends, to a man, supported him.

man

verb
manned; manning

Definition of man (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to supply with people (as for service) man a fleet
b : to station members of a ship's crew at man the capstan
c : to serve in the force or complement of man the ticket booth
2 : to accustom (a bird, such as a hawk) to humans and the human environment
3 : to furnish with strength or powers of resistance : brace My hair bristled and my knees shook. I manned myself, however, and determined to return to my quarters.— Sir Walter Scott

Definition of man (Entry 3 of 4)

manual

Definition of Man (Entry 4 of 4)

Manitoba

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Other Words from man

Noun

manless \ ˈman-​ləs How to pronounce Man (audio) \ adjective
manlike \ ˈman-​ˌlīk How to pronounce Man (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for man

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of man in a Sentence

Noun He was a shy boy, but he grew to be a strong and confident man. He's a grown man now. The movie is popular with men and women. Are you man enough to meet the challenge? Verb He stocked shelves while I manned the cash register. We'll need someone to man the phones this evening. No one was manning the front desk.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police responded to the REM group home on June 6 regarding an assault, with no further details available, other than the victim being listed as a woman, 38, and the subject being a man, 44. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 11 June 2021 But Newton is still the man, and Jones has a long way to go to catch up even to Hoyer and Stidham. BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2021 The biological reality, and there is no way to put it gently, is that Jazz Jennings is a young man who has been castrated and — through the use of chemicals, cosmetic surgery, and cosmetics — made to look like a young woman. Nathanael Blake, National Review, 10 June 2021 Oregon’s 2,696th death is a 57-year-old Marion County man who tested positive May 19 and died May 31 at Legacy Silverton Medical Center. oregonlive, 9 June 2021 Kirkconnell left season 25 of The Bachelor in a relationship with Matt James, who was the first Black man ever chosen for the leading role in the show's history, though the two were not engaged. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Fletcher was slowly exchanging the funny money for real chips when there was a shift change and the new dealer was a rather stiff young man from Great Britain. Wally Hall, Arkansas Online, 8 June 2021 Kimball was 36 at the time, a weathered, stocky man who wore a goatee and had a long scar in the center of his forehead. Longreads, 8 June 2021 The Chicago police marine unit recovered the body, believed to be a man in his 50s, from Lake Michigan after someone saw something floating in the water east of 95th Street, according to police. Stephanie Casanova, chicagotribune.com, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The trio will be joined by longtime Genesis sideman Daryl Stuermer on guitar and bass, while Nic Collins — son of Phil — will man his dad's old seat at the drums. Freep.com, 3 May 2021 In Jamaica Plain, Francesco Cupolo, an educator, mushroom forager, and man yearning for kale and community, has taken to cruising the neighborhood with his dog, trying to score advice from people who already have garden plots. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Apr. 2021 John Penisini, a rookie sixth-round pick, outplayed Shelton at nose tackle and should man the position this fall. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 16 Mar. 2021 The respected leader of a smokejumping team, she's been reassigned to man a lonesome watchtower following a tragic incident a year prior (seen in flashbacks) involving three kids and mission mismanagement that still haunts her. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 The trio will be joined by longtime Genesis sideman Daryl Stuermer on guitar and bass, while Nic Collins — son of Phil — will man his dad's old seat at the drums. Freep.com, 3 May 2021 The trio will be joined by longtime Genesis sideman Daryl Stuermer on guitar and bass, while Nic Collins — son of Phil — will man his dad's old seat at the drums. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, 29 Apr. 2021 Since opening in late February, Jones has settled into a routine of getting to the shop around 6:30 a.m., making a run for any supplies that may be low, and then settling in to man the register. Caroline Spivack, Curbed, 7 Apr. 2021 This past year, former defensive coordinator Brandon Staley slid Hill inside to man the slot. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 20 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of man

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for man

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English man, mon human being, male human; akin to Old High German man human being, Sanskrit manu

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The first known use of man was before the 12th century

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13 Jun 2021

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“Man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/man. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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man

noun

English Language Learners Definition of man

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an adult male human being
: a man or boy who shows the qualities (such as strength and courage) that men are traditionally supposed to have
: a woman's husband or boyfriend

man

verb

English Language Learners Definition of man (Entry 2 of 2)

: to be the person who controls or is in charge of (something)
: to place people at or on (something) to do work

man

noun
\ ˈman How to pronounce man (audio) \
plural men\ ˈmen \

Kids Definition of man

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an adult male human being
2 : a human being : person
3 : the human race : mankind
4 : husband entry 1 I now pronounce you man and wife.
5 : an adult male servant or employee
6 : one of the pieces with which various games (as chess and checkers) are played
7 : a member of the group to which human beings belong including both modern humans and extinct related forms

man

verb
manned; manning

Kids Definition of man (Entry 2 of 3)

: to work at or do the work of operating We rode while students manned the oars.

Kids Definition of Man.

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man

noun
\ ˈman How to pronounce man (audio) \
plural men\ ˈmen How to pronounce man (audio) \

Medical Definition of man

: a bipedal primate mammal of the genus Homo (H. sapiens) that is anatomically related to the great apes (family Pongidae) but is distinguished by greater development of the brain with resulting capacity for articulate speech and abstract reasoning, by marked erectness of body carriage with corresponding alteration of muscular balance and loss of prehensile powers of the foot, and by shortening of the arm with accompanying increase in thumb size and ability to place the thumb next to each of the fingers, that is usually considered to occur in a variable number of freely interbreeding races, and that is the sole living representative of the family Hominidae broadly : any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae

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