Master definition

măstər
The captain of a merchant ship.
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An expert.

A master of three languages.

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A title variously applied to.
  • (archaic) Any man or youth.
  • A boy regarded as too young to be addressed as Mr.
  • A man who heads some institution, group, activity, or place.
  • In Scotland, the heir apparent of a viscount or baron.
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A worker qualified to teach apprentices and carry on the craft independently.
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Controlling all other parts of a mechanism.

A master switch.

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Used as a courtesy title before the given or full name of a boy not considered old enough to be addressed as Mister.
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To become very skilled in or knowledgeable about.

Mastered the language in a year's study.

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To overcome or defeat.

He finally mastered his addiction to drugs.

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Someone or something regarded as having control, power, etc.

Master of the situation.

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A person very skilled and able in some work, profession, science, etc.; expert.
  • A highly skilled workman or craftsman qualified to follow his or her trade independently and, usually, to supervise the work of others.
  • An artist regarded as great.
  • (games, sports) A person recognized as having achieved the highest degree of skill.
    Chess master, golf master.
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To become an expert in (an art, science, etc.)
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The definition of a master is a person who has control or domination over something or someone.

An example of master is a dictator who has control over the people around him.

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A male teacher, schoolmaster, or tutor.
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One who is appointed to assist a court in the performance of certain legal functions, such as the taking of testimony and calculating damages in complex litigation.
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A man who owns a pack of hounds or is the chief officer of a hunt.
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An original, such as an original document or audio recording, from which copies can be made.
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One whose teachings or doctrines are accepted by followers.
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An artist or performer of great and exemplary skill.
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An old master.
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Used as a title for any of various male officers having specified duties concerning the management of the British royal household.
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A person, esp. a man, who rules others or has control, authority, or power over something.
  • (old-fashioned) A man who is head of a household or institution.
  • (archaic) An employer.
  • One who owns a slave or an animal.
  • The captain of a merchant ship.
  • The one that excels in a contest, skill, etc.; victor or superior.
  • (chiefly brit.) A male schoolteacher or tutor.
  • A person whose teachings in religion, philosophy, etc. one follows or professes to follow.
  • (person, proper, epithet) Jesus Christ.
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(law) Any of several court officers appointed to assist the judge by hearing evidence, reporting on certain matters, etc.
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Original.

Master copy.

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One that has control over another person, a group of persons, or a thing, especially:
  • The owner or keeper of an animal.
    The dog ran toward its master.
  • The owner of a slave.
  • One who has control over or ownership of something.
    The master of a large tea plantation.
  • An employer.
  • The man who serves as the head of a household.
  • One who defeats another; a victor.
    I had to admit that I had met my master and so conceded the game.
  • A man who acts out the role of the dominating partner in a sadomasochistic relationship.
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Being an original from which copies are made.
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(christianity) Jesus.
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Used as a title for a man who serves as the head or presiding officer of certain societies, clubs, orders, or institutions.
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(archaic) Used as a form of address for a man; mister.
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Principal or predominant.

A master plot.

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To produce a master copy of (an audio or video recording, for example).
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A metal matrix or mold made from the original recording and used to produce phonograph records in quantity.
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A completed tape recording used to produce discs, cassettes, etc. for sale.
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Being a master.
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Of a master.
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Chief; main; controlling; specif., designating something that controls others or sets a standard or norm.

A master switch, a master sheet of test answers.

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Designating the largest bedroom in a residence, intended for use by the head of the household.
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Designating any room connected to, or area associated with, such a bedroom.
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To become master of; control, conquer, etc.
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To make a master of.
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A special official appointed by a court to assist it, typically by making findings or rulings pertaining to matters specified by the court, typically, a “master” in divorce or custody, or a “master” to render an accounting; sometimes referred to as a “special master”.
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One who has authority over another’s person and services.
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Someone who has control over something or someone.
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The owner of an animal or slave.
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(nautical) The captain of a merchant ship; a master mariner.
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Someone who employs others.
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An expert at something.

Mark Twain was a master of fiction.

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A tradesman who is qualified to teach apprentices.
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(dated) A schoolmaster.
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A skilled artist.
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(dated) A man or a boy; mister. See Master.
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A master's degree; a type of postgraduate degree, usually undertaken after a bachelor degree.

She has a master in psychology.

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A person holding such a degree.

He is a master of marine biology.

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The original of a document or of a recording.

The band couldn't find the master, so they re-recorded their tracks.

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(film) The primary wide shot of a scene, into which the closeups will be edited later.
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(law) A parajudicial officer (such as a referee, an auditor, an examiner, or an assess) specially appointed to help a court with its proceedings.

The case was tried by a master, who concluded that the plaintiffs were the equitable owners of the property. [...]

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(engineering) A device that is controlling other devices or is an authoritative source (e.g. master database).
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A person holding an office of authority among the Freemasons, especially the presiding officer; also, a person holding a similar office in other civic societies.
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Highly skilled.

Master batsman.

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To be a master.
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To become the master of; to subject to one's will, control, or authority; to conquer; to overpower; to subdue.
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To learn to a high degree of proficiency.

It took her years to master the art of needlecraft.

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(nautical, in combination) A vessel having a specified number of masts.

A two-master.

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Prefix to a boy's name.
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A religious teacher, often as an honorific title.
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A master's degree.
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A person holding a master's degree, as a title.
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The owner of a slave, in some literature.
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(Wicca) One of the triune gods of the Horned God in Wicca alongside the Father and Sage and representing a boy or a young man.
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One who holds a master's degree.
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To master is defined as to become an expert in something or to gain control over something or someone.

An example of master is when you become an expert chess player.

An example of master is when you overcome your fears.

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Used formerly as a title for a man holding a naval office ranking next below a lieutenant on a warship.
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Of, relating to, or characteristic of a master.
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Highly skilled or proficient.

A master thief.

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(now rare) To rule or govern as master.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
master
Plural:
Masters

Origin of master

  • Middle English from Old English māgister, mægister Old French maistre both from Latin magister meg- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle English maister, mayster, meister, from Old English mÇ£ster, mæġster, mæġester, mæġister, magister (“master"), from Latin magister (“chief, teacher, leader"), from Old Latin magester, from mag- (as in magnus (“great")) + -ester/-ister (compare minister (“servant"). Reinforced by Old French maistre, mestre from the same Latin source.

    From Wiktionary

  • mast +"Ž -er

    From Wiktionary