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

n someone who controls resources and expenditures

director, managing director
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

n (sports) someone in charge of training an athlete or a team

coach, handler
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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