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[man-i-jer] /ˈmæn ɪ dʒər/
a person who has control or direction of an institution, business, etc., or of a part, division, or phase of it.
a person who manages:
the manager of our track team.
a person who controls and manipulates resources and expenditures, as of a household.
British. (formerly) a theatrical producer.
Origin of manager
1580-90; manage + -er1
Related forms
managership, noun
submanager, noun
submanagership, noun
undermanager, noun
1. administrator, executive, superintendent, supervisor; boss. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for manager
  • Under this system the city council appoints a city manager who acts as the chief executive officer of the government.
  • In this case, the initiator of the project is both the client and the project manager.
  • If you need to say a special thank you, a note to the manager will suffice.
  • There is a lot of science and experience involved in being a good sports turf manager or golf course superintendent today.
  • The federal suit accuses the manager of logging onto the online discussion using another employee's credentials.
  • Any good administrator serves as a facilitator more so than a manager.
  • In other words, a long career as a manager may not be the best training for a leader.
  • The project manager in me was on full display after our communal dinner.
  • Any good business manager will want to pay attention to his shop, his products, his marketing.
  • Try complaining about your manager to your employer.
British Dictionary definitions for manager


a person who directs or manages an organization, industry, shop, etc
a person who controls the business affairs of an actor, entertainer, etc
a person who controls the training of a sportsman or team
a person who has a talent for managing efficiently
(law) a person appointed by a court to carry on a business during receivership
(in Britain) a member of either House of Parliament appointed to arrange a matter in which both Houses are concerned
a computer program that organizes a resource, such as a set of files or a database
Derived Forms
managership, noun
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Word Origin and History for manager

1580s, "one who manages," agent noun from manage. Specific sense of "one who conducts a house of business or public institution" is from 1705.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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