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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for managership
Historical Examples
  • Now, you remember last night I offered you the managership of the mine.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • John Kenyon, as you will learn by reading the letter, desires the managership of the mine.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • Since I cant play the good old game alone, Ive decided to bury my disappointment in managership.

  • He had come to tell me he had got the offer of the managership of a station across the border in Riverina.

    The Moving Finger Mary Gaunt
  • Before he quitted the workshop for public life a future managership had been hinted at.

  • Mr. Charles Briggs has been transferred to the managership of our grocery department.

  • Moreover, it must be remembered that what is here discussed is not ownership, but managership.

  • He became Governor-General and Dictator, and under his able managership the affairs of the corporation rose to a secure footing.

    Jones of the 64th

    F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
  • But what I wanted to say was this: Why didn't you turn round, when you had got the mine, and offer me the managership of it?

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • On being demobilized he had returned to his old profession, taking the managership of a very well-known Bond Street firm.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for managership


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for managership



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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