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Man > define


  • An adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman. )
    • usage: "there were two women and six men on the bus"
  • Someone who serves in the armed forces; a member of a military force.
    • usage: "two men stood sentry duty"
  • The generic use of the word to refer to any human being.
    • usage: "it was every man for himself"
  • Any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage.
  • A male subordinate.
    • usage: "the chief stationed two men outside the building"; "he awaited word from his man in Havana"
  • An adult male person who has a manly character (virile and courageous competent. )
    • usage: "the army will make a man of you"
  • A manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer.
    • usage: "Jeeves was Bertie Wooster's man"
  • A male person who plays a significant role (husband or lover or boyfriend) in the life of a particular woman.
    • usage: "she takes good care of her man"
  • One of the British Isles in the Irish Sea.
  • Game equipment consisting of an object used in playing certain board games.
    • usage: "he taught me to set up the men on the chess board"; "he sacrificed a piece to get a strategic advantage"
  • All of the living human inhabitants of the earth.
    • usage: "all the world loves a lover"; "she always used `humankind' because `mankind' seemed to slight the women"


  • Take charge of a certain job; occupy a certain work place.
    • usage: "Mr. Smith manned the reception desk in the morning"
  • Provide with workers.
    • usage: "We cannot man all the desks"; "Students were manning the booths"
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