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man

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noun \ˈman, in compounds ˌman or mən\

Definition of man

plural

men

play \ˈmen, in compounds ˌmen or mən\
  1. 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 manc :  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 1articulate 1a) speech and abstract reasoning, and is the sole living representative of the hominid family; broadly :  any living or extinct hominidd (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 :  manlinesse :  fellow, chap —used as mode of familiar addressf —used interjectionally to express intensity of feeling man, what a game

  2. 2a :  individual, person a man could get killed thereb :  the individual who can fulfill or who has been chosen to fulfill one's requirements she's your man

  3. 3a :  a feudal tenant :  vassalb :  an adult male servantc men plural :  the working force as distinguished from the employer and usually the management The men have been on strike for several weeks.

  4. 4a :  one of the distinctive objects moved by each player in various board gamesb :  one of the players on a team nine men on each side

  5. 5 :  an alumnus of or student at a college or university a Bowdoin man

  6. 6 Christian Science :  the compound idea of infinite Spirit :  the spiritual image and likeness of God :  the full representation of Mind

  7. 7 often capitalized :  police when I heard the siren, I knew it was the ManAmer. Speech

  8. 8 often capitalized :  the white establishment :  white society surprise that any black … should take on so about The Man — Peter Goldman

  9. 9 :  one extremely fond of or devoted to something specified strictly a vanilla ice cream man

manless

play \ˈman-ləs\ adjective

manlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

as one man

  1. :  with the agreement and consent of all :  unanimously The council voted as one man.

one's own man

  1. :  free from interference or control He left home and moved to the city to become his own man.

to a man

  1. :  without exception His friends, to a man, supported him.

Examples of man in a sentence

  1. He was a shy boy, but he grew to be a strong and confident man.

  2. He's a grown man now.

  3. The movie is popular with men and women.

  4. Are you man enough to meet the challenge?

Origin and Etymology of man

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


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Anthropology Terms


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man

verb

Definition of man

manned

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manning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to supply with people (as for service) man a fleetb :  to station members of a ship's crew at man the capstanc :  to serve in the force or complement of man the ticket booth

  3. 2 :  to accustom (a bird, such as a hawk) to humans and the human environment

  4. 3 :  to furnish with strength or powers of resistance :  brace

Examples of man in a sentence

  1. He stocked shelves while I manned the cash register.

  2. We'll need someone to man the phones this evening.

  3. No one was manning the front desk.

Origin and Etymology of man

see 1man


First Known Use: 12th century


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man

abbreviation

Definition of man

  1. manual


Man

abbreviation

Definition of Man

  1. Manitoba


MAN Defined for English Language Learners

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man

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noun \ˈman, in compounds ˌman or mən\

Definition of man for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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man

verb

Definition of man for English Language Learners

  • : to be the person who controls or is in charge of (something)

  • : to place people at or on (something) to do work


MAN Defined for Kids

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man

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noun \ˈman\

Definition of man for Students

plural

men

\ˈmen\
  1. 1 :  an adult male human being

  2. 2 :  a human being :  person

  3. 3 :  the human race :  mankind

  4. 4 :  1husband I now pronounce you man and wife.

  5. 5 :  an adult male servant or employee

  6. 6 :  one of the pieces with which various games (as chess and checkers) are played

  7. 7 :  a member of the group to which human beings belong including both modern humans and extinct related forms


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man

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verb

Definition of man for Students

manned

;

manning

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


Medical Dictionary

man

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noun \ˈman\

Medical Definition of man

plural

men

\ˈmen\play
  1. :  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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