su·per·vi·sor | \ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər \

Definition of supervisor 

: one that supervises especially : an administrative officer in charge of a business, government, or school unit or operation

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supervisory \ˌsü-pər-ˈvī-zə-rē, -ˈvīz-rē \ adjective

Examples of supervisor in a Sentence

The supervisor fired him after he showed up at work drunk. If you have a problem, go to your supervisor.

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The change has pushed the morale of wardens to an all-time low, said Hoskins, the retired warden supervisor. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin warden shortage and changes in responsibilities raise concerns," 14 July 2018 Their complaints to the carriers’ supervisors were largely brushed off, the couple said. Maria Cramer,, "Facing off with the US Postal Service," 13 July 2018 At the same time, CRC will welcome Kandice Kepner as the new community supervisor. Melissa Whatley,, "Tristin Forby given Rec Council's cherished Spirit award," 11 July 2018 De Blasio's spokesman says the security detail had the direct approval and was under the supervision of the Border Patrol supervisor. Fox News, "Border Protection says NYC mayor crossed border illegally," 11 July 2018 The employee’s supervisor said there had been past problems with the employee issuing licenses to felons and counselling occurred beginning in 2008, but no formal disciplinary action was taken. Washington Post, "Review: Employees lax about Florida concealed weapon permits," 4 July 2018 Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Sophia Bush Opens Up About the Alleged Harassment She Faced on the One Tree Hill Set," 14 June 2018 Breed will also appoint her successor for the District Five board seat, probably in time for the replacement supervisor to vote on a president. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mark Leno concedes SF mayor’s race to London Breed," 13 June 2018 The supervisor said he was not authorized to discuss the issue and referred Merkley to company administrators. Jeff Manning,, "Jeff Merkley, White House exchange jabs over migrant children detainees," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of supervisor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for supervisor

Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from supervidēre

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English Language Learners Definition of supervisor

: a person who supervises someone or something


su·per·vi·sor | \ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər \

Kids Definition of supervisor

1 : a person who is in charge of others

2 : an officer in charge of a unit or an operation of a business, government, or school


su·per·vi·sor | \ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər \

Legal Definition of supervisor 

: one that directs or oversees a person, group, department, organization, or operation specifically : the popularly elected chief administrative official of a township or other subdivision in some states of the U.S.

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supervisorial \ˌsü-pər-ˌvī-ˈzōr-ē-əl \ adjective
supervisory \ˌsü-pər-ˈvī-zə-rē \ adjective

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evasion of direct action or statement

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