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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Oh, just the wardrobe supervisor on the set of my movie. People Staff,, "John Searles Wrote Strange But True — and Then Starred in the Film Adaptation with Greg Kinnear," 6 Sep. 2019 The video shows the supervisor giving the officers permission to leave Keith in the hospital. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "The World War II vet was held captive by an escapee. Then he became someone else.," 3 Sep. 2019 Liam Steel will choreograph the musical, with Joel Fram as musical supervisor and Bunny Christie on set and costume design. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Patti LuPone, Katrina Lenk to Headline Gender-Tweaked 'Company' on Broadway," 30 Aug. 2019 Three new positions — a senior principal planner, permit services supervisor and a permit tech — also have been authorized to handle the hefty department workload. Daily Pilot, "Greg Pfost, Laguna’s community development director, announces retirement amid department overhaul," 29 Aug. 2019 But police supervisors and internal investigators largely lose access to those records once they are purged. Justin Price, azcentral, "Phoenix police routinely 'purges' officer discipline records, keeps misconduct secret," 23 Aug. 2019 That description was criticized by some supervisors, and some critics held it up as the reason the DeSantis administration was slow in joining the partnership. Steven Lemongello,, "Florida joins 29-state compact to clean up voter rolls and reach out to non-registered residents," 21 Aug. 2019 The supervisor and Herren both ran out of the office, the newspaper reported. Fox News, "Tennessee man accused of slashing boss' throat with steak knife after taking time off for stress, reports say," 20 Aug. 2019 The three proposals, if approved by the supervisors, would appear on the ballot this fall and next spring. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "No More Deals: San Francisco Considers Raising Taxes on Tech," 16 July 2019

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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 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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