Captain meaning

kăp'tən
Captain means to lead.

An example of captain is to drive a ship through a storm.

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The definition of a captain is a leader.

An example of a captain is the pilot on a airplane.

An example of a captain is the head person on a volleyball team.

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One who commands, leads, or guides others, especially:
  • The officer in command of a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.
  • A precinct commander in a police or fire department, usually ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief.
  • The designated leader of a team or crew in sports.
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A figure in the forefront; a leader.

A captain of industry.

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A commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above first lieutenant and below major.
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A commissioned rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard that is above commander and below rear admiral.
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One who holds the rank of captain.
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To act as captain of; command or direct.

Captained the football team.

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One who commands, leads, or guides others, especially:
  • The officer in command of a ship, aircraft, or spacecraft.
  • A precinct commander in a police or fire department, usually ranking above a lieutenant and below a chief.
  • The designated leader of a team or crew in sports.
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A figure in the forefront; a leader.

A captain of industry.

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One who supervises or directs the work of others, especially:
  • A district official for a political party.
  • A restaurant employee who is in charge of the waiters and usually attends to table seating.
  • A bell captain.
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A commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above first lieutenant and below major.
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A commissioned rank in the US Navy or Coast Guard that is above commander and below rear admiral.
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One who holds the rank of captain.
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To act as captain of; command or direct.

Captained the football team.

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The head of a group or division.
  • An officer ranking above a first lieutenant and below a major.
  • An officer ranking above a commander and below a commodore.
  • The person in command of a ship.
  • The pilot of an airplane.
  • The spokesman for a team in certain sports.
  • A precinct commander in a police or fire department.
  • A district leader of a political party.
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A chief or leader.

Captains of industry.

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An important military leader.
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To be captain of; lead.
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The person lawfully in command of a ship or other vessel.

The captain is the last man to leave a sinking ship.

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An army officer with a rank between the most senior grade of lieutenant and major.
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A naval officer with a rank between commander and commodore.
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A commissioned officer in the United States Navy, Coast Guard, NOAA Corps, or PHS Corps of a grade superior to a commander and junior to a rear admiral (lower half). A captain is equal in grade or rank to an Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force colonel.
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​One of the athletes on a sports team who designated to make decisions, and is allowed to speak for his team with a referee or official.
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The leader of a group of workers.

John Henry said to the captain, "A man ain't nothing but a man."

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A maître d'.
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(Southern US) An honorific title given to a prominent person. See colonel.
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(intransitive) To act as captain.
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To exercise command of a ship, aircraft or sports team.
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One who supervises or directs the work of others, especially:
  • A district official for a political party.
  • A restaurant employee who is in charge of the waiters and usually attends to table seating.
  • A bell captain.
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Origin of captain

Middle English capitain from Old French from Late Latin capitāneus chief from Latin caput capit- head kaput- in Indo-European roots