Definition of manned 

: carrying or performed by a human being manned spaceflight

Examples of manned in a Sentence

a manned mission to the moon

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Years after watching her father die during the first manned flight to Mars, Mack takes the trip herself, to investigate a mysterious cube that’s materialized on the red planet. Noel Murray,, "Katee Sackhoff stands up for humanity in '2036 Origin Unknown'," 7 June 2018 The Department of Homeland Security, which already operated hundreds of manned aircraft — the largest nonmilitary air force in the world — even began to operate a small fleet of Predator drones to patrol the border. Peter Andreas, Washington Post, "Breaking border laws is as American as it gets," 3 July 2018 One consideration: The U.S. action did not involve ground troops and no manned aircraft crossed into Syrian airspace. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump lawyers: Syria missile strikes were legal because they weren't 'war'," 1 June 2018 The strikes were carried out by manned aircraft and from ships that launched cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea. Joseph Weber, Fox News, "Trump touts 'perfectly executed' strike on Syria, declares 'Mission Accomplished'," 14 Apr. 2018 The company hopes to launch its first manned flights later this year. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Jeff Bezos May Charge $200,000 or More to Fly You to Outer Space," 13 July 2018 This information feed also extends to other manned aircraft, to reconnaissance drones and to ground forces. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 2018 Wall, a 30-year-old freelance journalist, set out on the submarine on Aug. 10 to interview Madsen, the co-founder of a company that develops and builds manned spacecraft. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Kim Wall tied up with stocking, 'impaled' in submarine for killer’s sexual gratification, officials say," 23 Apr. 2018 In the 21st century, manned spacecraft are tested with unmanned flights before a human steps inside. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How Astronaut John Young Tamed the Space Shuttle," 8 Jan. 2018

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1617, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of manned

: carrying or done by a person

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