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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
First recorded in 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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  • Inside the hotel they came on Evelyn Forbes talking to the manager.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
  • It's a dog mean trick of the manager to make a monkey of her.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • "I should not advise you to leave the house together," said the manager.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • I've permission from the manager to meet you behind the scenes after the last curtain.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • They were a silent crowd, most of them, particularly if they happened to have a manager along.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
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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