Definition of superintendent in English:



  • 1A person who manages or superintends an organization or activity.

    ‘the southern area superintendent’
    ‘superintendent of district nurses’
    as modifier ‘the superintendent registrar’
    • ‘This program, which involves the participation of golf course superintendents as industry advisors, is the focus of this article.’
    • ‘In his official capacity as superintendent of Florence's fortifications, Michelangelo went to Ferrara in July 1529.’
    • ‘Columbus, a city in which African Americans only constitute about 25% of the total population, has a black mayor, police chief, fire chief, and city schools superintendent.’
    • ‘There are 47 pilots, one of whom is the superintendent who negotiates contracts and handles all association business.’
    • ‘Golf superintendents can be out at various times of the year, fine-tuning their fertilizer applications based on turf conditions, without too much guessing.’
    • ‘And in ten national recreation areas, the local park superintendent has the authority to decide whether to allow jet-skis.’
    • ‘It'll take a few months to get all the details worked out and actually hire the superintendents.’
    • ‘If the job of the information architect is seen as corresponding with that of a structural architect, then the designer must be seen as an amalgam of superintendent, and foreman.’
    • ‘The firm's field employees, including superintendents, project managers, carpenters, and laborers, are scattered on jobsites.’
    • ‘When you look at what principals and superintendents have in terms of their educational backgrounds, nowhere in there is anything resembling business training.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the supervisors are worried about what their supervisors are thinking, and their supervisors are worried about what their bosses are thinking, and the bosses are worrying about what the superintendents are thinking.’
    • ‘The five families most virulently opposed to the exhibition filed a lawsuit against the school superintendent and individual principals.’
    • ‘Near the beginning, the superintendent of the asylum states that the hospital is a ‘haven for the confined and confused’, adding jokingly that he means the staff and their associates as much as the inmates.’
    • ‘Both of his children graduated from Memphis' public school system, which has been through three superintendents since he moved there.’
    • ‘He goes on to provide background information on his mother's role as superintendent of the Sunday school and as organizer of the annual nativity scene performed on the church lawn.’
    • ‘There is also a list of water channel superintendents and chief royal architects.’
    • ‘The colour of the hard hat at this yard distinguishes between workers and seniority with the shop floor manual workers wearing red hats and foremen, superintendents and management wearing white hats.’
    • ‘Before I started second grade, my parents wanted to homeschool me (this was before homeschooling was fashionable), and had to take me to the district superintendent to prove I was a smart kid.’
    • ‘And we met a lot of superintendents, too, and the typical superintendent starts as a teacher and without any training in management, finance, labor relations, logistics, or systems is years later running a huge enterprise.’
    • ‘It posits that widescale school reform begins with changes in governance to increase state and local school authority and to constrain school district, board, superintendent, and centralized administration.’
    manager, director, administrator, supervisor, overseer, controller, boss, chief, head, governor, organizer, conductor, foreman
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    1. 1.1 (in the UK) a police officer ranking above chief inspector.
      as title ‘Superintendent Bennet’
      • ‘The Home Office did concede one point - proposals over the warrant issue originally said a warrant would be OK if simply approved by a police superintendent or equivalent.’
      • ‘These permit a Garda chief superintendent to make a case to the High Court for an order to freeze, and where appropriate dispose of, the proceeds of crime.’
      • ‘Detective chief superintendent Sharon Lemon has been appointed head of the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit.’
      • ‘One of the men arrested was a former superintendent of Hampshire.’
      • ‘The ‘lynchpin’ unit will be based in London and manned with 40 specialised officers, headed by detective chief superintendent Len Hynds.’
    2. 1.2 (in the US) a high-ranking official, especially the chief of a police department.
      • ‘Better communication, says the senior superintendent of police, can warn authorities of any impending danger, so they can evacuate thousands under threat.’
      • ‘The man is a police superintendent who will shortly begin aiding the police in their search for the girl's killer.’
    3. 1.3North American The caretaker of a building.
      • ‘The Guildhall itself will run as normally as possible during the inquiry, according to the building superintendent.’
      • ‘Any movie featuring a rat leaping from a toilet to attack, or a sloppy building superintendent delivering a soliloquy on animal rights to his menagerie of pets, ranks up there with one of the campy creature classics of all time.’
      • ‘Whittling countless hours away at the telephone, he spews forth acrimonious threats at the building's neglectful superintendent.’
      caretaker, janitor, warden, porter, custodian, keeper, watchman, steward
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Mid 16th century: from ecclesiastical Latin superintendent- ‘overseeing’, from the verb superintendere (see superintend).