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 Attorney Karen Celestino-Horseman represented a supervisor whose case was dismissed due to lack of evidence of her involvement. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Fact check: Pence claims Hoosiers prosecuted in ballot fraud case," 4 Aug. 2020 Then, night club officials must attend a conference with the health department’s environmental health supervisor to review their plan, Abadir wrote in an email. Christine Condon,, "Baltimore shuts down Euphoria Nightclub for allegedly violating coronavirus restrictions, the first such penalty in the city," 4 Aug. 2020 The Democrats contending for the seat are Sylvia Ortiz-Velez, a Milwaukee County supervisor, and JoAnna Bautch, a community organizer and director at Citizen Action of Wisconsin. Lawrence Andrea, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two Democrats and two Republicans vie to replace JoCasta Zamarripa in the Assembly," 4 Aug. 2020 Webb will be looking to use his background as a physician and his focus on social justice issues to sell himself to voters as a candidate fit for the times; Good is a former Liberty University athletics fundraiser and a former county supervisor. Washington Post, "Obama endorses several Virginia Democrats who are running for Congress in tight races," 3 Aug. 2020 On Friday, according to John Medina, shelter supervisor with the American Red Cross, because of the pandemic shelter operations were kept outdoors. Brian Blueskye, USA TODAY, "Thousands to evacuate as Apple Fire grows in Southern California," 2 Aug. 2020 Last month, Tumlin and the SFMTA board directors agreed to wind back a Clipper fare increase under pressure from Peskin and another supervisor. Rachel Swan,, "Jeffrey Tumlin was hailed as SF’s transportation savior. Now the Muni chief faces a leadership test," 11 July 2020 Current protocol requires a supervisor review all evidence in a facial recognition case prior to a charging decision. Elisha Anderson, Detroit Free Press, "Controversial Detroit facial recognition got him arrested for a crime he didn’t commit," 10 July 2020 At the end of the four-month investigation, Smith was demoted from patrol unit supervisor to desk sergeant following a 10-day suspension without pay. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Protesters demand Fort Bend County constable to resign after details of 2016 use-of-force incident emerges," 9 July 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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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supervisor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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