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: The gas company said they would send some men to fix the leak. The man from the newspaper wrote some positive things about the movie. Our man in Washington sent us the news by fax yesterday.men › [plural] military male members of the armed forces who are not officers: The military expedition was made up of 100 officers and men. He ordered his men to fire. One of the men is here to see you, sir.› [C] old-fashioned a male servant: My man 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 verb [T]
› to be present in order to operate something, such as equipment or a service: Man the pumps! The phones are manned 24 hours a day. Note: Some people dislike this use of man because it does not seem to give women equal importance with men. They prefer to use other words, such as operate and staff.