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

Other Words from supervisor

supervisory \ ˌsü-​pər-​ˈvī-​zə-​rē How to pronounce supervisor (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 His former supervisor in Kitsap County, Washington, heaped praise on Frisk for his work overseeing elections since 2015. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 5 Aug. 2022 The officer then called his supervisor, who told the officer not to unlock the door. Summer Lin, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Galhotra, now in private practice, said the state’s attorney’s action against Murphy and his supervisor related to the Adam Toledo case worsened morale in the office. William Lee, Chicago Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 Shields said after the video ends his client was detained in the back of the investigator's vehicle for around 30 minutes until her supervisor arrived. Laura Ly And Emily Chang, CNN, 21 July 2022 According to the report, the officer, armed with a rifle, asked his supervisor for permission to shoot the suspect. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 19 July 2022 And that his three months later his supervisor gave him high marks for performance and said the shooting was a quote, minor setback. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 14 July 2022 Although her supervisor expressly forbids it, Cara agrees to get in contact with an Icelandic researcher who might help Gavin discover his submerged roots. Wired, 13 July 2022 One officer had Ramos in his sights before the gunman entered the school, though his supervisor did not give permission to fire. Arelis R. Hernández, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for supervisor


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 supervisor (audio) \ adjective

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