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

Other Words from supervisor

supervisory \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈvī-​zə-​rē How to pronounce supervisor (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 Gough’s character, Dedra Meero, who will be introduced in episode four, is a supervisor for the Imperial Security Bureau, and a small detail of the Cassian Andor case falls within her purview, leading her to spearhead an investigation. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Sep. 2022 Though certainly unpleasant, having shoulder pain or discomfort while lifting weights is fairly common, physical therapist Maria Borg, PT, CSCS, supervisor at UCHealth Sports Physical Therapy in Colorado, tells SELF. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 16 Sep. 2022 Clyde Martin is a retired TVA supervisor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant who now rides motorcycles and does a little yoga. al, 15 Sep. 2022 Her father is a construction supervisor who has to be on site. Scott Calvert, WSJ, 6 Sep. 2022 Molina will be the assistant principal at Carmel Valley Middle School after being a program supervisor in special education. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2022 As an additional part-time job, Carrington was a security supervisor for the Bradley Center and Fiserv Forum. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 24 Aug. 2022 Pancho, who is the Hartford setup crew supervisor for all 24 districts, told the Courant that smaller primaries and elections do not always motivate people to come out and vote. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 8 Aug. 2022 Hal was hired to be the musical supervisor on the documentary, and Hal’s endorsement of Dan and Dayna was good enough for me. Risa Sarachan, Forbes, 15 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for supervisor


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 supervisor (audio) \ adjective

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