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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The transportation authority, which operates and maintains the state’s tolled bridges, tunnels and express toll lanes, has 172 full-time toll workers and supervisors and 63 contract workers. Colin Campbell,, "Worried about Legionnaires’ disease from Baltimore Harbor Tunnel tolls? Relax, experts say.," 11 July 2019 Investigators interviewed officers, supervisors and detainees within a few hours and closed the investigation in about 14 months, according to records released by the agency. Peter Nickeas,, "How did an inmate get a loaded gun into Cook County Jail?," 10 July 2019 Two former town supervisors and a former plan commissioner launched a petition drive to support incorporating as a village. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lisbon officials want to incorporate the town as a village, but agree to discuss a cooperative plan with Sussex," 10 July 2019 The driver told a supervisor, and police were summoned; the child was identified through a bus camera video recording, authorities say. Washington Post, "The money was fake. The police were real. It happened in an elementary school.," 6 July 2019 Desmond has two full-time staffers who work out of the Vista office, and the supervisor and other staff frequently work there as well. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisor budgets $240,000 for office furniture, remodeling," 21 June 2019 The danger is not the head horn itself, said Mark Sayers, an associate professor of biomechanics at Sunshine Coast who served as Shahar’s supervisor and co-author., "Horns are growing on young people’s skulls — and phone use is to blame, research suggests," 20 June 2019 Employers have to set an example by modeling respectful behavior, and also hold mid-level managers and front-line supervisors accountable for preventing and/or responding to workplace harassment. Rebecca Grant, Quartz at Work, "Why do employers keep providing the same ineffective sexual harassment training?," 19 June 2019 In 2018, three Selma police officers – all supervisors – were arrested after a Dallas County grand jury indicted them on felony charges. Carol Robinson |,, "Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier retiring; hints at run for Congress," 12 June 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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