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"man" in British English

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mannoun

uk   /mæn/  us   /mæn/ (plural men uk   /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: 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

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  • man noun (PEOPLE)

B2 [U] the human race: Man is still far more intelligent than the smartest 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.

manverb [T]

uk   /mæn/  us   /mæn/ (-nn-)
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

manexclamation

uk   /mæn/  us   /mæn/ informal

-mansuffix

uk   / -mæn/ /-mən/  us   / -mæn/  /-mən/
(Definition of man from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"man" in American English

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mannoun

 us   /mæn/ (plural men  /men/ )
  • man noun (HUMAN MALE)

[C] an adult male human being: a young man the men’s 400-meter race John can solve anything – the man’s a genius.
[C] A man is also a male employee without particular rank or title, or a member of the military who has a low rank: The gas company sent a man to fix the heating system.
[C] infml Man is sometimes used when addressing an adult male human being: Hey, man, got a light?
[C] infml Man is sometimes used as an exclamation, esp. when the speaker is expressing a strong emotion: Man, what a storm!
man and wife
When an official at a wedding says a man and a woman have become man and wife, it means they are now married to each other.
  • man noun (PERSON)

[C/U] the human race, or any member or group of it: [U] prehistoric man [U] This poison is one of the most dangerous substances known to man. [C] All men are equal in the sight of the law. 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 humanity, humankind, people, and person.
  • man noun (PIECE)

[C] any of the pieces that are played with in games such as chess
manliness
noun [U]  us   /ˈmæn·li·nəs/
We no longer equate aggression with manliness.

manverb [T]

 us   /mæn/ (-nn-)
  • man verb [T] (OPERATE)

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.
(Definition of man from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"man" in Business English

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mannoun [C]

uk   us   /mæn/ HR, WORKPLACE
a man who does a particular type of work: A man's coming to fix the photocopier later. Our man in Washington has this report on the election.an advertising/a marketing/an operations man They brought in a top sales and marketing man to help with the new product launch.
men in suits disapproving
men at the top of an organization who are interested in the financial performance of a company rather than in the creative or product side of the business: a stuffy boardroom filled with men in suits
office workers who are considered to be doing a boring job: The place was full of men in suits from an insurance company.

manverb [T]

uk   us   /mæn/ (-nn-) HR, WORKPLACE
to use or operate equipment or machinery as part of your work, or to work in a particular place: Extra staff are brought in to man the phone lines during busy periods. All parts of the building, apart from toilets, are manned by security staff and covered by cameras.
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(Definition of man from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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