su·​per·​vi·​sor ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər How to pronounce supervisor (audio)
: one that supervises
especially : an administrative officer in charge of a business, government, or school unit or operation
supervisory 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 Yamazaki is nominated alongside decades-long collaborator Kiyoko Shibuya, who was VFX supervisor and VFX producer and is only the fifth woman nominated in the category (just two women, Suzanne M. Benson for Aliens in 1987 and Sara Bennett for Ex Machina in 2016, have won). Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 That’s up from 45 in 2017, when Hahn and other supervisors expressed dismay at the department’s paltry number. Jaclyn Cosgrove, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Employees can tell if managers intentionally delay conversations about direct reports’ development or promotional opportunities until their performance review, and will become fed up with supervisors avoiding these conversations, according to Corona. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2024 On Monday morning, instead of processing the bin, public works supervisors and litter crew members dumped the contents out on the ground and meticulously sifted through the recyclables. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2024 The former supervisor identified the man in the surveillance images as McGee. Judy L. Thomas, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Amber Fawn Wooton-Clark, a library supervisor who was killed in 2018, was instrumental in getting it there. Elyse Pham, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 Start by scheduling a constructive meeting with your immediate supervisor or team leader. Ebony Flake, Essence, 29 Jan. 2024 Figueroa’s coworkers and supervisors also answered questions from the two investigators. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Medieval Latin, from supervidēre

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supervisor was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Supervisor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


su·​per·​vi·​sor ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər How to pronounce supervisor (audio)
: a person who supervises
especially : an officer in charge of a unit or an operation of a business, government, or school
supervisory adjective

Legal Definition


su·​per·​vi·​sor ˈsü-pər-ˌvī-zər How to pronounce supervisor (audio)
: 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.
supervisory adjective

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