It makes sense that a manager is someone who "manages," or takes charge of something. A baseball team manager is in charge of running the team, while a business manager oversees finances, scheduling, and the everyday operation of the business.

The probable origin of the word manager comes from the Latin manus, meaning "hand." A good manager provides the necessary "hand," guiding others. The Italian maneggiare means "to control," and was especially used with reference to training horses, a job for which certain managers you've worked for might be better suited. The word extends beyond human beings as well: the file manager on your computer is a program designed to organize data.

Definitions of manager
  1. noun
    someone who controls resources and expenditures
    synonyms: director, managing director
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    bank manager
    manager of a branch office of a bank
    district manager
    a manager who supervises the sales activity for a district
    a woman manager
    type of:
    administrator, decision maker
    someone who administers a business
  2. noun
    (sports) someone in charge of training an athlete or a team
    synonyms: coach, handler
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    John Joseph McGraw
    United States baseball player and manager (1873-1934)
    Charles Dillon Stengel
    United States baseball manager (1890-1975)
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    baseball coach, baseball manager
    a coach of baseball players
    basketball coach
    a coach of basketball players
    a trainer of athletes
    football coach
    a coach of football players
    hockey coach
    a coach of hockey players
    tennis coach
    a coach of tennis players
    batting coach
    (baseball) someone who teaches batters how to bat better
    line coach
    an assistant football coach in charge of the linemen
    pitching coach
    an assistant baseball coach in charge of pitchers
    type of:
    one who trains other persons or animals
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