Definition of manager in English:



  • 1A person responsible for controlling or administering an organization or group of staff:

    ‘the manager of a bar’
    • ‘Regular meetings are held between managers and supervisory staff to look at ways in which the centre can be improved.’
    • ‘It is also true that there will be fewer managers and more staff working directly with children and young people.’
    • ‘The survey also found sales managers and directors were to blame for recruiting staff who would not be suited to their job.’
    • ‘Worried staff managers had to call for police to maintain order.’
    • ‘Many staff were contacted by managers over the weekend to undergo the tests.’
    • ‘Almost half felt managers did not involve staff in important decisions.’
    • ‘As managers or staff employees, our failure to do so reflects a poor professional ethic.’
    • ‘As a result of allegations, the manager responsible for these staff requested a suspension hearing.’
    • ‘The results were circulated to staff by managers last week, and passed to the Sunday Herald on request.’
    • ‘Does your sales manager train your staff to engage with prospective members?’
    • ‘Rewarding staff is also a key part of the sales manager's responsibilities.’
    • ‘Morale and motivation among staff and managers dips and passenger abuse increases.’
    • ‘In some cases, the law has made IT managers legally responsible for adherence to corporate governance rules.’
    • ‘Department managers will be responsible for introducing and managing changes associated with the renovations.’
    • ‘These courses are tailored for all levels of bar workers from door staff to managers.’
    • ‘It called for pub and bar managers to act more responsibly but stopped short of recommending a ban on live World Cup games being screened in the town.’
    • ‘Stagecoach had prepared an emergency timetable and was going to use managers and non-driving staff with public service licences.’
    • ‘As a loyal employee, the manager is responsible for keeping salaries at a reasonable level.’
    • ‘The software can cut down on the time it takes managers to schedule their staff.’
    • ‘Bar staff, doormen and managers could be held criminally liable whereas previously it was only the responsibility of the licence holder.’
    executive, head of department, line manager, supervisor, principal, administrator, head, boss, director, managing director, employer, superintendent, foreman, forewoman, overseer
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    1. 1.1 A person who controls the professional and business activities of a performer, sports player, group of musicians, etc.:
      ‘if I was his manager I would offer Lewis $8 m for the fight’
      • ‘But there came a stage when both the musician and his tour manager had to be told no more alcohol would be served to them.’
      • ‘A number are involved with music as musicians, managers, writers, and record store workers.’
      • ‘This means mailing out your scores and CDs to competitions, conductors, managers and performers.’
      • ‘We need to move into an era where Zambian musicians have managers, like in the past.’
      organizer, controller, comptroller
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    2. 1.2 A person in charge of the activities, tactics, and training of a sports team:
      ‘the team manager’
      • ‘The team will go outside the organization for a new manager and coaching staff.’
      • ‘All team managers as well as club officers will be in attendance.’
      • ‘The only solution here is for team managers to take strong action against any of their players who indulge in this type of actions.’
      • ‘You can show your support for the manager, team or a particular player by sponsoring their shirt next season.’
      • ‘All team managers and mentors for the coming year should attend.’
      • ‘Already I detect a reduction in the number of training sessions being organised by team managers in general at present.’
      • ‘Although he hadn't reached the finish line, the team managers got a good impression of him and appreciated his technical maturity.’
      • ‘The same message goes out from sports team managers, some of whom are developing very bad sideline manners of late.’
      • ‘The following team managers were appointed for the coming year to take charge of the various teams at underage level.’
      • ‘It has rigorous objectives and targets and will be monitored by directors, managers or teams.’
      • ‘A lot of team managers would serve their teams much better if they engaged with their players and explained the rules to them.’
      • ‘Oddly enough, the same gesture is also used to denote bank managers, estate agents, lawyers, and football team managers.’
      • ‘The team managers were Holy Atchison and Ashley Paterson.’
      • ‘Tom and Joby Costello were installed as the new managers of the team.’
      • ‘While some managers of vanquished teams have given their players a break, Gray has sentenced his men to hard labour and they will not have a day off until Friday.’
      • ‘Being a manager in business is just like being a manager of a football team.’
      • ‘Players must contact their respective team managers as soon as possible with their nomination for player of the year.’
      • ‘Anyway, congratulations to the team and the manager and we all hope to see the black and white back in Croke Park next year.’
      • ‘The organisers are appealing to all parents and team managers to attend.’
      • ‘The entire game was played in a fine sporting manner which reflected glowingly on both sets of team managers.’
  • 2[with adjective] A person regarded in terms of their skill in managing resources, especially those of a household:

    ‘she was a good manager, and could make a meal out of nothing’
    organizer, controller, comptroller
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  • 3Computing
    [with modifier] A program or system that controls or organizes a peripheral device or process:

    ‘a file manager’
    • ‘If it exists, the display manager will then run the program listed in the file.’
    • ‘The input manager operates between a device driver and a player application program.’
    • ‘The Palm database manager does not delete records automatically when the records are read.’
    • ‘The fact that it doesn't even show up in the device manager makes me think it might be damaged or defective.’
    • ‘The company's file system and volume manager were often the top pick of Solaris customers.’
  • 4(in the Houses of Parliament and the US Senate) a member of a committee appointed by one house to confer with a similar committee of the other house.

    • ‘It was essential to employ parliamentary managers to translate this potential influence into majorities.’