A supervisor is the person in charge at your job, who monitors you as you work. Your supervisor prepared you for the world of sneaker sales, and makes sure you don't give them away free to your friends.

To supervise means to oversee, so a supervisor is someone whose job it is to oversee everyone else as they work. If you're the supervisor of a big kitchen, you probably won't spend time chopping onions, but instead wander around making sure everyone has their hair back and is using the right ingredients and working quickly. Sometimes in very complex problems, a whole organization can be a supervisor, like a city department that oversees the police.

Definitions of supervisor
  1. noun
    one who supervises or has charge and direction of
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    bell captain
    the supervisor of bellboys in a hotel
    counsellor, counselor
    someone who has supervisory duties at a summer camp
    den mother
    someone who plays the role of a den mother
    director, theater director, theatre director
    someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a show
    boss, chief, foreman, gaffer, honcho
    a person who exercises control over workers
    a woman in charge of a group of workers
    overseer, superintendent
    a person who directs and manages an organization
    a Japanese supervisor
    monitor, proctor
    someone who supervises (an examination)
    director of research, research director
    a supervisor in a research center
    stage manager, stager
    someone who supervises the physical aspects in the production of a show and who is in charge of the stage when the show is being performed
    system administrator
    a person in charge of managing and maintaining a computer system of telecommunication system (as for a business or institution)
    someone who imposes hard or continuous work
    trail boss
    the person responsible for driving a herd of cattle
    an older student, especially in a private school, who monitors or supervises other students
    South African term for `boss'
    the foreman of a work gang
    someone who watches examination candidates to prevent cheating
    a harshly demanding overseer
    school superintendent
    the superintendent of a school system
    slave driver
    a supervisor of slaves at work
    stage director
    someone who supervises the actors and directs the action in the production of a stage show
    assistant foreman, straw boss
    a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers
    a woman taskmaster
    type of:
    higher-up, superior, superordinate
    one of greater rank or station or quality
  2. noun
    a program that controls the execution of other programs
    synonyms: executive program, supervisory program
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    computer program, computer programme, program, programme
    (computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute
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