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captain

noun

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1 a person in overall command of a ship
  • the captain is responsible for everything that happens to his ship in the course of a voyage

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2 one in official command especially of a military force or base
  • the captain of the largest army ever marshaled for battle in this country

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3 the person (as an employer or supervisor) who tells people and especially workers what to do
  • we only do what the captain tells us to, so it's not our fault when things don't work out

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4 a person of rank, power, or influence in a particular field
  • a fascinating magazine article profiling the captains of the American auto industry

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captain

verb

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1 to be in charge of
  • if you do well on this, you'll be asked to captain the next mission

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2 to exercise authority or power over
  • captained the project for a few days while the boss was out of town

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3 to serve as leader of
  • you did a good job of captaining the team

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The first known use of captain was in the 14th century

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“Captain.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/captain. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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