Man meaning

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The definition of a man is a member of the species Homo sapiens or an adult male.

An example of man is all people who have ever lived and will live.

An example of man is Michael Jordan.

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The human race; mankind.

Man's quest for peace.

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A male representative, as of a country or company.

Our man in Tokyo.

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The human race; mankind.
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A person with qualities conventionally regarded as manly, such as strength, courage, etc.
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A human regardless of sex or age; a person.
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(collective) All humans collectively; mankind, humankind, humanity. (Sometimes capitalized as Man.)
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An abstract person; a person of either gender, usually an adult. (See usage notes.)

Every man for himself.

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A mensch; a person (especially a male) of strength, integrity, and honor.
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(anthropology, archaeology, paleontology) A member of the species Homo sapiens, the genus Homo, or the subtribe Hominina.
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To supply with staff or crew (of either sex).

The shipped was manned with a small crew.

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A human regardless of sex or age; a person.
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A human being; person.
  • A hominid (Homo sapiens) having an opposable thumb, the ability to make and use specialized tools, articulate speech, and a highly developed brain with the faculty of abstract thought: the only living hominid.
  • Any extinct hominid, as Neanderthal man.
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A human or an adult male human belonging to a specific occupation, group, nationality, or other category. Often used in combination.

A milkman; a congressman; a freeman.

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A male servant or subordinate.
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One who swore allegiance to a lord in the Middle Ages; a vassal.
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Any of the pieces used in a board game, such as chess or checkers.
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A person or group felt to be in a position of power or authority. Used with the:
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To take stations at, as to defend or operate.

Manned the guns.

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To fortify or brace.

Manned himself for the battle ahead.

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Used as an expletive to indicate intense feeling.

Man! That was close.

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Manitoba.
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A player on a team.
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Any of the pieces used in chess, checkers, etc.
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A man or boy; fellow.
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A ship.

Man-of-war, merchantman.

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To furnish with a labor force for work, defense, etc.

To man a ship.

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To take assigned places in, on, or at for work or defense.

Man the guns!

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To strengthen; brace; fortify; nerve.

To man oneself for an ordeal.

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To tame or accustom (a hawk) to the presence of men.
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Used to provide emphasis.
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Used in a neutral way to preface or resume one's remarks.
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Male.
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One of the British Isles, between Northern Ireland & England: 221 sq mi (572 sq km); cap. Douglas.
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Manila (paper)
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Manitoba.
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Man or person of a (specified) kind, in a (specified) activity, etc.
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An adult male human.
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(Metropolitan Area Network) A communications network that covers a geographic area such as a town, city or suburb. See Metro Ethernet, LAN and WAN.
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A public data network that serves an entire metropolitan area, or perhaps a portion of a metropolitan area such as a city or a suburb, commonly serving to interconnect Local Area Networks (LANs). A number of carriers offer Metropolitan Ethernet services, for example. MANs can be interconnected across a Wide Area Network (WAN). See also LAN and WAN.
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An adult male human.

The show is especially popular with middle-aged men.

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(collective) All males collectively; mankind.
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An adult male servant; also, a vassal; a subject.
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A piece or token used in board games such as chess.
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A person, usually male, with duties or skills associated with a specified thing. (Used as the last element of a compound.)

I always wanted to be a guitar man on a road tour, but instead I'm a flag man on a road crew.

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A male who is extremely fond of or devoted to a specified type of thing. (Used as the last element of a compound.)

Some people prefer apple pie, but me, I'm a cherry pie man.

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A husband (sometimes a fiancé or boyfriend).
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(MLE, slang) Used to refer to oneself or one's group: I, we; construed in the third person.
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A term of familiar address often implying on the part of the speaker some degree of authority, impatience, or haste.

Come on, man, we've no time to lose!

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To take up position in order to operate something.

Man the machine guns!

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Used to place emphasis upon something or someone; sometimes, but not always, when actually addressing a man.

Man, that was a great catch!

(Geordie) Giv' is a bottle of dog man! [Dog here is referring to beer or brown ale.]

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An adult male human.
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A male human endowed with qualities, such as strength, considered characteristic of manhood.
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Used as a familiar form of address for a man.

See here, my good man!

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A ship. Often used in combination.

A merchantman; a man-of-war.

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To supply with men, as for defense or service.

Man a ship.

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as one man
  • In complete agreement; unanimously.
  • With no exception:.
    They objected as one man.
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(one's) own man
  • Independent in judgment and action.
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to a man
  • Without exception:.
    All were lost, to a man.
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as a man
  • In unison; unanimously.
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be one's own man
  • To be free and independent.
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man and boy
  • First as a boy and then as a man; since childhood.
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the Man
  • The person having power or authority over one; esp., as orig. used by U.S. blacks, a white man or white men collectively.
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to a man
  • With no one as an exception; everyone.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of man

  • Middle English from Old English mann man-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English man, from Old English mann (“human being, person, man"), from Proto-Germanic *mann- (“human being, man"), probably from Proto-Indo-European *man- (“man") (compare also *men- (“mind")). Cognate with West Frisian man, Dutch man, German Mann (“man"), Norwegian mann (“man"), Old Swedish maþer (“man"), Swedish man, Russian муж (muž, “male person"), Avestan 𐬨𐬀𐬥𐬱 (manuÅ¡), Sanskrit मनु (manu, “human being").

    From Wiktionary

  • The verb is from Middle English mannen, from Old English mannian, Ä¡emannian (“to man, supply with men, populate, garrison"), from mann (“human being, man"). Cognate with Dutch mannen (“to man"), German mannen (“to man"), Swedish bemanna (“to man"), Icelandic manna (“to supply with men, man").

    From Wiktionary