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English definition of “man”

man

verb [T]     /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! → See also overmanned, undermanned, unmanned Note: Many people find this use sexist and prefer to use other verbs such as 'operate' or 'staff'.Performing a functionFunctioning
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