[ man-i-jer ]
/ ˈmæn ɪ dʒər /
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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.
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Origin of manager

First recorded in 1580–90; manage + -er1


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What does manager mean?

Manager most commonly refers to a person who supervises employees in a company or other organization.

Managers are typically somewhere in the middle level of an organization—the term most commonly refers to a person who is a boss but also has a boss. Manager is the noun form of the verb manage, which has many meanings but commonly means to be in charge of or supervise employees.

Example: After six years, I’ve finally been promoted to the position of manager.

Where does manager come from?

The first records of manager come from around 1600. Manage is recorded earlier, around the mid-1500s. It comes from the Italian maneggiare, meaning “to handle” or “to train (horses),” from the Latin manus, “hand.”

Managers are responsible for training and handling their employees (whom they should NOT treat like horses). A manager typically oversees a group of people in a company and is usually responsible for planning, directing, and overseeing operations among that group of people. Collectively, the managers in a company (especially the top ones) are called the management. A manager is often a boss, but a manager also often has a boss. (Such a person is often described as being part of middle management.)

In professional baseball, the coach of a team is called the manager. Many sports teams also have another kind of manager—a person who manages the equipment and takes care of other things for the players. The word is used in a similar way in the context of entertainment to refer to the person who handles the business affairs of an entertainer or performer. Sometimes, a manager isn’t even a human (and we don’t just mean that as an insult to bad managers). The word can refer to a type of computer program that organizes something, as in file manager.

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How is manager used in real life?

Manager is a straightforward word, so whether it sounds positive or negative to you probably depends on whether you’ve had good managers or bad managers.



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Which of the following is an antonym (opposite) of manager?

A. supervisor
B. boss
C. subordinate
D. overseer

How to use manager in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for manager

/ (ˈmænɪdʒə) /


Derived forms of manager

managership, noun
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