supervisor

noun
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.

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Puerto Rico’s financial restructuring is ricocheting in a new direction after a federal court ruling threatened to leave the U.S. territory without functioning fiscal supervisors for the first time since its default on its debt. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico’s Debt Saga May Land Back in Washington’s Lap," 22 Feb. 2019 Juan David Ortiz, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was found about 2 a.m. when state troopers tracked him to a hotel parking lot in the border city of Laredo, Texas. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Border Patrol agent arrested, accused of killing 4 women and kidnapping a 5th," 15 Sep. 2018 Get personal: Teach managers and supervisors to both permit and encourage employees to discuss personal issues that inevitably overlap with their business lives. Gary Markle, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How do you motivate millennials?," 19 Apr. 2018 The first supervisor from the sheriff’s office to arrive at the scene reacted slowly and failed to assume responsibility. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Florida Gov. DeSantis Suspends Broward Sheriff Over Deadly Parkland Shooting," 11 Jan. 2019 Elsharkawi was taken to a holding cell and was eventually brought before a supervisor named Officer Stevenson. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Man sues feds after being detained for refusing to unlock his phone at airport," 18 Dec. 2018 An attorney for the supervisor said the retabulating began Tuesday. Alex Leary, WSJ, "Florida Recount Renews Scrutiny of Election Overseer in Broward County," 13 Nov. 2018 Then, Carlson asked the new dean and Ford’s successor, Elizabeth Francis-Connolly, for a new supervisor, and she was rebuffed. Ben Guarino, The Verge, "An academic reported sexual harassment. Her university allegedly retaliated," 12 Nov. 2018 Surprised to hear this, Grode followed up with a supervisor at the notary association, who thought the rejection was unfounded but advised her to submit a second renewal application in any case. Sandra Guy, Chicago Reader, "Politics Illinois notaries are having a tough go—getting their licenses notarized," 4 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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supervisor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of supervisor

: a person who supervises someone or something

supervisor

noun
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

supervisor

noun
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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