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.

1580–90; manage + -er1

managership, noun
submanager, noun
submanagership, noun
undermanager, noun

1. administrator, executive, superintendent, supervisor; boss. Unabridged
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manager (ˈmænɪdʒə)
1.  a person who directs or manages an organization, industry, shop, etc
2.  a person who controls the business affairs of an actor, entertainer, etc
3.  a person who controls the training of a sportsman or team
4.  a person who has a talent for managing efficiently
5.  law a person appointed by a court to carry on a business during receivership
6.  (in Britain) a member of either House of Parliament appointed to arrange a matter in which both Houses are concerned
7.  a computer program that organizes a resource, such as a set of files or a database

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Word Origin & History

1580s, agent noun from manage.
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Example sentences
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
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.
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