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Definitions for supervisor
ˈsu pərˌvaɪ zərsu·per·vi·sor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. supervisornoun

    one who supervises or has charge and direction of

  2. supervisory program, supervisor, executive programnoun

    a program that controls the execution of other programs


  1. supervisornoun

    A person with the official task of overseeing the work of a person or group.

  2. Etymology: Attested since the 15th Century ; from supervisor, from supervideo, in turn from Latin super + Latin video

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Supervisornoun

    An overseer; an inspector; a superintendant.

    Etymology: from supervise.

    A supervisor may signify an overseer of the poor, an inspector of the customs, a surveyor of the high ways, a supervisor of the excise. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    How satisfy’d, my lord!
    Would you be supervisor, grossly gape on? William Shakespeare.

    I am informed of the author and supervisors of this pamphlet. Dryden.


  1. supervisor

    A supervisor is an individual who oversees and manages the productivity and progress of either an individual employee, or a group of employees in a team. They form the first line of management, and are responsible for providing guidance, training, direction, and support to the team while ensuring adherence to company policies and objectives. A supervisor typically has the authority to make decisions, enforce rules and regulations, and address issues within their scope of work.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Supervisornoun

    one who supervises; an overseer; an inspector; a superintendent; as, a supervisor of schools

  2. Supervisornoun

    a spectator; a looker-on


  1. Supervisor

    A supervisor, foreperson, boss, overseer, cell coach, facilitator, or area coordinator is a manager in a position of trust in business. The US Bureau of Census has four hundred titles under the supervisor classification. An employee is a supervisor if he has the power and authority to do the following actions: ⁕Give instructions and/or orders to subordinates. ⁕Be held responsible for the work and actions of other employees. If an employee cannot do the above, legally he or she is probably not a supervisor, but in some other category, such as lead hand. A supervisor is first and foremost an overseer whose main responsibility is to ensure that a group of subordinates get out the assigned amount of production, when they are supposed to do it and within acceptable levels of quality, costs and safety. A supervisor is responsible for the productivity and actions of a small group of employees. The supervisor has several manager-like roles, responsibilities, and powers. Two of the key differences between a supervisor and a manager are the supervisor does not typically have "hire and fire" authority, and the supervisor does not have budget authority.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'supervisor' in Nouns Frequency: #2842

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of supervisor in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of supervisor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of supervisor in a Sentence

  1. Liberty Institute attorney Michael Berry:

    This was a conflict between her and her supervisor, her supervisor clearly said she did not like the tone of the Bible verses.

  2. Kelsey Myers:

    Everyone was flocking around the gate, anxious to get on the flight, there were literally only 50 people in front of her, i have never felt more harassed, disrespected and humiliated in my life. I ’m shocked that a supervisor would show such disrespect. I ’m also very surprised that a supervisor would have no knowledge of what seems to me like a simple policy.

  3. Polk County:

    Friday morning at about 2 a.m., Shaun Runyon got mad as a result of a problem with a supervisor and Shaun Runyon punched Shaun Runyon supervisor and fled from the workplace.

  4. Eugene:

    A supervisor strives to see the light at the end of the tunnel and hope’s it’s not the light of an oncoming train. A bigger problem is to be a supervisor on the train and find that the tunnel has not been started yet. A failing company is often referred to as a train wreck!

  5. Seth Williams:

    He checked with a supervisor (after the slaying), ... but failed to say he was, at the very moment, with a prime murder suspect.

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Translations for supervisor

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  • مشرفArabic
  • Supervisor, Aufseher, VorgesetzterGerman
  • επιστάτηςGreek
  • supervisor, directorSpanish
  • valvoja, tarkastajaFinnish
  • superviseurFrench
  • maorIrish
  • पर्यवेक्षकHindi
  • pengawasIndonesian
  • supervisoreItalian
  • 主管, スーパーバイザーJapanese
  • چاودێرKurdish
  • supervisorPortuguese
  • мастер, начальник, супервайзер, надсмотрщик, руководитель, надзирательRussian
  • nadglednik, надгледник, надређени, nadzornik, nadređeni, supervizor, надзорник, супервизорSerbo-Croatian
  • ผู้ดูแลThai
  • Chinese

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