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 Recycling cooking oil isn't a new thing for Louisville, said Karen Maynard, the public education supervisor for the Department of Public Works. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Frying a turkey for Thanksgiving? This Louisville man wants to turn your used oil into fuel," 20 Nov. 2020 Keith Michael, who is the transportation supervisor for the city of Jonesboro, talked with his wife about the risk of returning to her school before classes started and suspects she might have been infected there. Arkansas Online, "Empty desks: Coronavirus robs U.S. classrooms of teachers," 18 Nov. 2020 Tyler’s time off to care for their children allowed his wife, a supervisor for the supported living department for Community Interface Services, to work. Hang Nguyen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How some companies are helping parents cope with child care during the pandemic," 15 Nov. 2020 When the ballroom burned down in 1980, the family returned to the Twin Cities, where her dad became a warehouse supervisor for Phoenix Packaging, now part of ConAgra Foods. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "Sherri Anderson, Adopt A Family organizer, dies at 53," 12 Nov. 2020 Loyd, an adult probation supervisor for the Veterans Court, said the court is more fluid than others across the country. Lauren Castle, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona courts, prisons work to help veterans who land in legal system," 11 Nov. 2020 Avalos, who was supervisor for two terms between 2009 and 2017, said the city could scale up its affordable housing investments through a public bank, which currently does not exist. Trisha Thadani,, "S.F. still faces a housing crisis. Where do the Board of Supervisors candidates stand on fixing it?," 23 Sep. 2020 Eudaly lost to Mingus Mapps, a former political science professor who previously served as supervisor for Portland’s crime prevention program and received an endorsement from the police union. oregonlive, "`They’re in the hot seat.’ Portland’s new commissioners face fierce pressure to reform police," 7 Nov. 2020 Justin Davis, ZooLights supervisor for the past eight years, said Cruise ZooLights nights offer an option for those who want to have the experience but don’t feel comfortable being around crowds. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, "'New hopes, new excitement': Phoenix ZooLights 2020 offers 2 ways to enjoy the holiday show," 2 Nov. 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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23 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Supervisor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 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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