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 two employees charged Thursday are Timothy Braico, 41 years old, a senior branch manager for Western Waterproofing Company; and Terrence Edwards, 39, the site supervisor for the company. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Two Construction Managers Face Criminal Charges in Crane Accident," 8 Nov. 2018 The Democratic candidate is Nathan McMurray, who is the Grand Island town supervisor. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The 4 Republican scandals that could tip the 2018 midterms, explained," 5 Nov. 2018 Sarah returned to McDonald's where she was offered an additional beverage by the supervisor on duty. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Canada McDonald’s Serves Cleaning Fluid Instead of Latte," 1 Aug. 2018 Some of the supervisors pushing the issue in Orange and San Diego counties are Republicans running for Congress, said Louis DeSipio, a political science professor at the University of California, Irvine. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Some California communities say no to 'sanctuary state'," 17 Apr. 2018 The supervisor was surprised to hear Health and Human Services had revealed the number of children inside. Aaron Leibowitz, miamiherald, "Harsh prison or cushy camp? Ex-staffers have different takes on life at Homestead shelter," 11 July 2018 His regular gig involves training business folk to use solar energy, but Conte has also moonlighted as an NHL off-ice official for nearly three decades, including the past dozen years as the sin bin supervisor. Alex Prewitt,, "The NHL Penalty Box Is a Small Glass Case Made for Oddities," 19 Apr. 2018 For that, the supervisor suspended him for 15 days. Gabriel Thompson, Longreads, "Coachella, Underground," 12 Apr. 2018 During a panel discussion at the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City, music supervisors, producers and label executives discussed the myriad ways to get alternative Latin sounds to mainstream audiences. Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "LAMC: Brands, Film & TV Increasingly Looking Beyond Mainstream Latin Artists," 13 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.

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

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