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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Other Words from supervisor

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 company has hired a safety director and is instituting new training, operating, and workplace procedures to avoid such incidents in the future, World View CEO Jane Poynter said in a letter to the supervisors. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Firefly resurrected, World View accident, Bezos to talk space," 10 Aug. 2018 Pitts spoke to a supervisor at the Sacramento County Employees' Retirement System, who put her application at the top of his pile. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "As flood of baby boomers retire, Sacramento County struggles to start sending checks on time," 20 June 2018 He was taken to the Denver Police Department headquarters and later released to an FBI supervisor. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Dancing FBI agent appears in court in back flip gunfire case," 13 June 2018 But there was a snag: Information in those reports wasn't readily available to supervisors. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "8 complaints, 2 lawsuits, 1 shooting: Why one officer didn’t draw more IMPD scrutiny," 8 June 2018 After the incident, the agent, whose identity has not been released, was taken to Denver police headquarters and then released to an FBI supervisor, the the Post reports. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "Off-Duty FBI Agent Under Investigation for Accidentally Shooting a Man While Performing a Backflip," 4 June 2018 The agent was taken to Denver Police Headquarters and later released to an FBI supervisor (that must’ve been a fun ride home). Angela Helm, The Root, "FBI Agent Accidentally Shoots Man After Doing a Stanky-Leg Induced Backflip in Bar," 3 June 2018 Stabbing a voodoo doll representing your supervisor with pins can be cathartic. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Here are your 2018 Ig Nobel Prize winners," 13 Sep. 2018 The former Comcast sales supervisor and movie memorabilia collector said escape rooms are his true calling. Deanna Paul, Washington Post, "A man who broke into an ‘escape room’ repeatedly called 911 when he couldn’t escape, police say," 12 July 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.

Other Words from supervisor

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

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