Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who supervises.
  • noun One who is in charge of a particular department or unit, as in a governmental agency or school system.
  • noun One who is an elected administrative officer in certain US counties and townships.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who supervises; an overseer; an inspector; a superintendent: as, the supervisor of a coal-mine; a supervisor of the customs or of the excise.
  • noun A spectator; a looker-on.
  • noun One who reads over, as for correction.
  • noun In some of the United States, an elected officer of a township or town having principal charge of its administrative business.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who supervises; an overseer; an inspector; a superintendent.
  • noun obsolete A spectator; a looker-on.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun management A person with the official task of overseeing the work of a person or group.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a program that controls the execution of other programs
  • noun one who supervises or has charge and direction of

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Attested since the 15th Century CE; from Latin supervisor, from supervideō, in turn from Latin super + Latin videō.

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