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su•per•in•tend•ent /ˌsupərɪnˈtɛndənt, ˌsuprɪn-/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
adj. [before a noun]
- one who guides or directs some work, establishment, etc.;
supervisor:the superintendent of schools.
- one who is in charge of maintenance and repairs for an apartment house; custodian:Call the superintendent;
the bathroom is flooding.
(so̅o̅′pər in ten′dənt, so̅o̅′prin-), n.
- a person who oversees or directs some work, enterprise, establishment, organization, district, etc.;
- a person who is in charge of maintenance and repairs of an apartment house;
- Puritanisma high-ranking police officer, esp. a chief of police or an officer ranking next above an inspector.
- Medieval Latin superintendent- (stem of superintendēns), present participle of superintendere to superintend; see -ent
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superintendent /ˌsuːpərɪnˈtɛndənt ˌsuːprɪn-/ n
- a person who directs and manages an organization, office, etc
- (in Britain) a senior police officer higher in rank than an inspector but lower than a chief superintendent
- (in the US) the head of a police department
- chiefly US Canadian a caretaker, esp of a block of apartments
Etymology: 16th Century: from Church Latin superintendens overseeing
- of or relating to supervision; superintending
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