WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
su•per•in•tend•ent /ˌsupərɪnˈtɛndənt, ˌsuprɪn-/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. one who guides or directs some work, establishment, etc.;
    supervisor:the superintendent of schools.
  2. one who is in charge of maintenance and repairs for an apartment house; custodian:Call the superintendent;
    the bathroom is flooding.

adj. [before a noun]
  • superintending.
  • See -tend-.
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    su•per•in•tend•ent  (so̅o̅′pər in tendənt, so̅o̅′prin-), 
    1. a person who oversees or directs some work, enterprise, establishment, organization, district, etc.;
    2. a person who is in charge of maintenance and repairs of an apartment house;
    3. Puritanisma high-ranking police officer, esp. a chief of police or an officer ranking next above an inspector.

  • superintending.
  • Etymology:
    • Medieval Latin superintendent- (stem of superintendēns), present participle of superintendere to superintend; see -ent
    • 1545–55

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    superintendent /ˌsuːpərɪnˈtɛndənt ˌsuːprɪn-/ n
    1. a person who directs and manages an organization, office, etc
    2. (in Britain) a senior police officer higher in rank than an inspector but lower than a chief superintendent
    3. (in the US) the head of a police department
    4. chiefly US Canadian a caretaker, esp of a block of apartments
    1. of or relating to supervision; superintending
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Church Latin superintendens overseeing

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