su·​per·​vi·​sor | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər How to pronounce supervisor (audio) \

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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Other Words from supervisor

supervisory \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈvī-​zə-​rē How to pronounce supervisory (audio) , -​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.
Recent Examples on the Web The police supervisor canceled the pursuit after one minute and 19 seconds. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Body-cam footage shows 19-year-old gesturing toward Akron officers seconds before being shot," 7 Feb. 2020 The Board’s Government Audit and Oversight committee discussed the proposal Thursday, but the vote was postponed so the supervisors could consider new amendments. Trisha Thadani,, "Shelter vs. housing: SF officials debate beds for homeless in every district," 6 Feb. 2020 The National Labor Relations Board issued a formal unfair labor practices complaint last week against the hospital, claiming the supervisors violated federal law in more than 30 instances last year. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Beaumont Health accused of anti-union tactics with nurses," 3 Feb. 2020 The first effect of that was the music supervisors. Katherine Turman,, "Iggy Pop on his legacy and receiving a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award: 'I was surprised'," 24 Jan. 2020 The supervisor also gave her a poor performance review, her complaint says. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "State employee alleging sexual harassment and retaliation sues for $19 million," 10 Jan. 2020 Resch, 45, thanked family members and friends who attended for supporting her and the other police supervisors in their careers. oregonlive, "Portland’s new Police Chief Jami Resch gets badge, says she’s ‘looking forward to what’s coming up’," 9 Jan. 2020 In a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment, the film’s visual effects supervisor Patrick Tubach shared new details about Lourd taking on her mother's final image. Kaitlin Reilly,, "How Billie Lourd Secretly Stood In For Her Mother’s Final Star Wars Moment," 9 Jan. 2020 The election is for the King County Conservation District board of supervisors, which is a volunteer position. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Seattle area election puts mobile, online voting to its first big test in the U.S.," 24 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of supervisor was in the 15th century

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11 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supervisor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce supervisor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce supervisor (audio) \

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.

Other Words from supervisor

supervisorial \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˌvī-​ˈzōr-​ē-​əl \ adjective
supervisory \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈvī-​zə-​rē How to pronounce supervisory (audio) \ adjective

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