man·​ag·​er | \ˈma-ni-jər \

Definition of manager 

: one that manages: such as

a : a person who conducts business or household affairs He was promoted to manager last month.

b : a person whose work or profession is management

c(1) : a person who directs a team or athlete the manager of a baseball team

(2) : a student who in scholastic or collegiate sports supervises equipment and records under the direction of a coach

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Other Words from manager

managerial \ ˌma-​nə-​ˈjir-​ē-​əl \ adjective
managerially \ -​ē-​ə-​lē \ adverb
managership \ ˈma-​ni-​jər-​ˌship \ noun

Examples of manager in a Sentence

I'd like to speak to the manager, please. He was promoted to manager last year. The team's general manager acquired five new players for the upcoming season. The manager decided to change pitchers in the eighth inning. The actress recently fired her manager.
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Stein, the co-owner and manager of the Regent Theatre, was recognized for creating and supporting the arts and culture scene in Arlington. Cynthia Fernandez,, "A sensory garden, a Beatles cover band, and a mentor program itself gets a boost," 13 July 2018 In her new role, Weichel will lead digital strategy for Anonymous, working closely with managers and producers to help develop relationships and opportunities for clients with digital and technology platforms. Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter, "Anonymous Content Taps Sarah Weichel to Lead Emerging Platforms Division (Exclusive)," 13 July 2018 Both the director and assistant director quit on the first day (which is why Loeb and Allyn are now directing), as did the costumer, location manager, and several other crew members. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The Pro-Life ‘Roe v. Wade’ Movie Sounds Like a Total Disaster," 13 July 2018 Emergency managers and business leaders also are concerned about the logistics of getting aid into Puerto Rico. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 12 July 2018 Mr Steyer, a former fund manager, and his wife have given $30m to Democratic and liberal causes in this election cycle according to the Centre for Responsive Politics, making them the most generous political donors in the country. The Economist, "Fork in the roadShould the party move to the left or to the centre?," 12 July 2018 The agency managers and delivers water from the Salt and Verde rivers to users in Maricopa County. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "As the Arizona drought persists, Phoenix's water use continues to drop," 12 July 2018 Julen Lopetegui has replaced Zinedine Zidane as manager and Bale will be determined to impress the former Spain boss in pre-season to earn his way into the starting XI by the time the La Liga season gets underway on 18 August., "Gareth Bale 'Likely to Stay at Real Madrid' Despite Man Utd Interest Following Ronaldo Sale," 11 July 2018 Michael Staie is the team's manager and is joined by assistant coaches Chuck Shiflet and Talley Walker. Alex Kushel,, "West Boynton Little League Intermediate 50-70 All-Stars rule state play," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of manager

1588, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of manager

: someone who is in charge of a business, department, etc.

: someone who directs the training and performance of a sports team; especially : a person who directs a baseball team

: someone who directs the professional career of an entertainer or athlete


man·​ag·​er | \ˈma-ni-jər \

Kids Definition of manager

1 : a person who is in charge of a business or part of a business

2 : a person who directs the training and performance of a sports team



Legal Definition of manager 

1 : a person who manages a business or organization

2 : a member of the House of Representatives who acts as a prosecutor at the Senate trial in an impeachment proceeding — see also impeach

3 : conferee

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