man

noun
\ ˈman How to pronounce man (audio) , in compounds ˌman or mən \
plural men\ ˈmen How to pronounce men (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 combinationcouncilman
(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 feelingman, 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 manless (audio) \ adjective
manlike \ ˈman-​ˌlīk How to pronounce manlike (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: Verb Inverting their lives, Tevy and Kayley would sleep during the hot, oppressive days, manning the cash register at night. Anthony Veasna So, The New Yorker, "Three Women of Chuck’s Donuts," 3 Feb. 2020 The more than 3,000 soldiers that manned Fort Richardson, completed in 1941, were joined in town by thousands more civilian workers and their families. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The Spa unified a generation in Anchorage. Here’s what happened to it.," 2 Feb. 2020 The Navy first attributed the heroic act simply to a colored mess attendant who manned a .50-caliber machine gun and shot at the Japanese planes attacking Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. NBC News, "Navy names next aircraft carrier after Doris Miller, Pearl Harbor hero," 31 Jan. 2020 Get our daily newsletter The electoral court, which is manned mainly by Morales loyalists, has given no convincing explanation for the pause. The Economist, "Bolivia’s baffling ballot count," 24 Oct. 2019 In the final year of the war, the guard towers were no longer manned with armed soldiers and the men were able to leave the camp freely. Time, "74 Years Later, California Skeleton Identified as Japanese Internment Camp Detainee," 3 Jan. 2020 The Navy’s goal is ships that not only understand queries from human sailors on nearby ships but can also talk with those humans how their two ships, one manned the other unmanned, will pass one another safely. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What's Better Than a Robot Warship? A 'Talking' Robot Warship," 1 Jan. 2020 However, the interim tag was lifted from Shawn Clark so Appalachian State will have its new head coach on the sidelines manning a headset and directing ire at the officials. Evan Dudley, al, "Position-by-position breakdown for 2019 New Orleans Bowl," 19 Dec. 2019 As a teenager, Heller had manned the phones while his father had gone out to solicit business, Pollard said. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Robert Heller, longtime owner of Arlington Heights lumberyard, dies," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for man

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

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Last Updated

27 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mans. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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man

noun
How to pronounce Man (audio)

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 men (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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