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superintendent

[ soo-per-in-ten-duhnt, soo-prin- ]

noun

  1. a person who oversees or directs some work, enterprise, establishment, organization, district, etc.; supervisor.
  2. a person who is in charge of maintenance and repairs of an apartment house; custodian.
  3. a high-ranking police officer, especially a chief of police or an officer ranking next above an inspector.


adjective

superintendent

/ ˌsuːpərɪnˈtɛndənt; ˌsuːprɪn- /

noun

  1. a person who directs and manages an organization, office, etc
  2. (in Britain) a senior police officer higher in rank than an inspector but lower than a chief superintendent
  3. (in the US) the head of a police department
  4. a caretaker, esp of a block of apartments


adjective

  1. of or relating to supervision; superintending
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Word History and Origins

Origin of superintendent1

1545–55; < Medieval Latin superintendent- (stem of superintendēns ), present participle of superintendere to superintend; -ent
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Word History and Origins

Origin of superintendent1

C16: from Church Latin superintendens overseeing
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Example Sentences

He didn’t reach that last goal, but his work was so well respected that he was appointed superintendent of the 10th census in April 1879.

The district’s superintendent David Miyashiro wants to keep that program running through the fall.

The superintendent of Bonsall Unified told us her district ordered laptops to give to students, but they won’t arrive for months.

The superintendent at Borrego Springs Unified School District said he’s still trying to figure out how to connect students where there’s spotty cell phone and internet service.

Evans and Barrera gathered together superintendents and board members from some of the biggest districts in California, including Los Angeles Unified.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the decline was a result of an effort to decrease gang violence.

A former superintendent of Milwaukee schools, he is now a Distinguished Professor of Education at Marquette University.

On Thursday, Detective Superintendent McDonald described his account as “harrowing” and compelling.

I happened to run into the superintendent the day we got the news, and blurted out a question in an unguarded moment.

Superintendent Smith, in fact, had fielded a steady stream of complaints about him that never resulted in any direct action.

The door went down—glass crashed—another door yielded—two wild figures fell into the superintendent's private office.

And it might be a year or two before a superintendent could be found capable in every way of managing so complicated a ranch.

When I told the superintendent something about your looking for such a girl because of a law case, he was much interested.

The superintendent and many of the workers go down the river to Para and Manaos or to villages on higher ground.

In 1715 he became “page” to D. Francisco de Ocio, superintendent general of customs, who doubtless employed him as a clerk.

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