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[soo-per-vahy-zer] /ˈsu pərˌvaɪ zər/
a person who supervises workers or the work done by others; superintendent.
Education. an official responsible for assisting teachers in the preparation of syllabuses, in devising teaching methods, etc., in a department of instruction, especially in public schools.
(in some U.S. states) the chief elected administrative officer of a township, who is often also a member of the governing board of the county.
Origin of supervisor
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Medieval Latin supervīsor, equivalent to supervid-, stem of supervidēre to supervise + -tor -tor, with dt > s
Related forms
supervisorship, noun
presupervisor, noun Unabridged
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  • If you work long enough in the adjunct business, you will at some point clash with a supervisor.
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  • Whoever did the interview needs their supervisor to talk to them.
  • In theory, a single supervisor should improve accountability and make it easier to move resources around.
  • The robot froze, sending an image to its human supervisor.
  • With some help from the building supervisor and a little elbow grease, they constructed a proper white-walled lab.
  • Collaborate with supervisor of student vocal accompanists.
  • Evaluations by a supervisor can be highly subjective.
  • Her supervisor had insisted she get a signature since the parcel was actually addressed to someone else.
  • When a police supervisor was unsatisfied with his detective's first attempt at a whitewash, he rewrote it to make it smoother.
British Dictionary definitions for supervisor


a person who manages or supervises
a foreman or forewoman
(in some British universities) a tutor supervising the work, esp research work, of a student
(in some US schools) an administrator running a department of teachers
(in some US states) the elected chief official of a township or other subdivision of a county
(obsolete) a spectator
Derived Forms
supervisorship, noun
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Word Origin and History for supervisor

"one who inspects and directs the work of others," mid-15c., from Medieval Latin supervisor, agent noun from supervidere (see supervise).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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