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man

noun uk   /mæn/ (plural men   /men/   ) us  

man noun (MALE)

A1 [C] an adult male human being: a young/tall man men and women the man in the green jacket the men's champion in the 400 metres Steve can solve anything - the man's a genius. [C] a male employee, without particular rank or title: The gas company said they would send some men to fix the heating. The man from the BBC wrote some positive things about the movie. The military expedition was made up of 100 officers and men. Our man in Washington sent us the news by fax yesterday.old-fashioned My man (= male servant) will show you to the door. a marketing, advertising, etc. man a man typical of or involved in marketing, advertising, etc. [C] informal a husband or male sexual partner: I hear she's got a new man. Is there a man in her life? mainly US informal used when talking to someone, especially a man: Hey, man, how are you doing? man and wife old-fashioned If a man and a woman are man and wife, they are married to each other. the man [S] US slang a person or group that has power or authority, for example the police

man noun (PEOPLE)

B2 [U] the human race: Man is still far more intelligent than the cleverest robot. Man is rapidly destroying the Earth. This is one of the most dangerous substances known to man. Try to imagine what life must have been like for Neolithic man 10,000 years ago. [C] literary or old-fashioned a person of either sex: All men are equal in the sight of the law.

man noun (OBJECT)

[C] any of the objects that are moved or played with in games such as chess

man

verb [T] uk   /mæn/ (-nn-) us  
To man something such as a machine or vehicle is to be present in order to operate it: The phones are manned 24 hours a day. Barricades were erected against the advancing government troops and they were manned throughout the night. Man the pumps! Note: Many people find this use sexist and prefer to use other verbs such as 'operate' or 'staff'.
Phrasal verbs

man

exclamation uk   /mæn/ informal us  
used to express a strong emotion: Man, we had a good time - we drank all through the night!
(Definition of man noun, verb, exclamation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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