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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Snipes’s 15 years as supervisor of elections in Florida’s second-most-populous county (and the county with the most registered voters) have been stormy, to say the least. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Brenda Snipes says she won’t resign as Broward County election supervisor after all," 3 Dec. 2018 Lucas retired as a captain in January 2002 and went to work for Major League Baseball as supervisor of security and executive protection for then-Commissioner Bud Selig. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Candidates for Milwaukee County sheriff promise changes after David Clarke," 12 July 2018 Bobby Cannavale is in top form as the hotshot supervisor with everything to hide. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "The Best TV of 2018: Departures and Arrivals," 17 Dec. 2018 Rafael Mandelman was sworn in as San Francisco’s District Eight supervisor before a packed crowd in the Board of Supervisors chamber early Wednesday afternoon. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "Rafael Mandelman sworn in as San Francisco’s new District Eight supervisor," 12 July 2018 Matt Nelson, 47, of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, works as assistant supervisor for special recreation for the city of Evanston. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Matt Nelson, Special Olympics Illinois athletics coach," 29 June 2018 The government, represented by Catherine Keener as a rather heartless supervisor, is worried that cartels are now sneaking terrorists across the border with Mexico. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Sicario: Day of the Soldado' lacks ambition of the original," 28 June 2018 In 1976, Curran began working for the Hickory Hills’ park district, first as a recreation supervisor then as director of parks and recreation. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Former parks director named Tinley Park trustee," 21 June 2018 Andrew Arencibia was hired as project supervisor at Paul Davis of Orlando. OrlandoSentinel.com, "People on the move 06/20," 19 June 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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