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1man/ˈmæn/noun
pluralmen/ˈmɛn/
1man
/ˈmæn/
noun
pluralmen/ˈmɛn/
Learner's definition of MAN  
[count] : an adult male human being
: a man or boy who shows the qualities (such as strength and courage) that men are traditionally supposed to have
[count]
[noncount]
: a woman's husband or boyfriend
[count]
[noncount]
— see also old man
[count] : an individual human being
: person
   b [noncount] : the human race
◊ Senses 4a and 4b are now sometimes avoided because they are considered sexist.
[count] — used when you are talking to a man
[count] : a male worker who goes to people's homes
men [plural] : a group of male workers, soldiers, etc.
[count] 
: a man who does a particular kind of work
   b : a man who has a specified job or position or who belongs to a specified category of worker— used in combination
   c : a man who works for or represents a particular person or organization
[count]old-fashioned : a male servant— usually singular
[count] 
10 somewhat old-fashioned : a male student or former student at a college or university
   b : a man who comes from or lives in a specified town, city, etc.— used chiefly by journalists
11 [count] : a man who likes something very much or who is known for some activity or interest
[singular] 
12 : a person who can do what is needed
   b : the person someone (such as a police officer) is looking for
13 [count] : one of the pieces in a game like chess or checkers

a fine figure of a man

— see 1figure

as one man

old-fashioned, now usually used of a group of men
: as a group: all together

be/become your own man

: to be or become a man who is not controlled by other people or who is able to support himself without the help of other people

every man for himself

— used to describe a situation in which people do not help each other and each person has to take care of himself or herself

iron man

— see 2iron

man of action

— see action

man of the hour

— see hour

man's best friend

— used to refer to a dog or to dogs as a group

poor man's

— see poor

separate the men from the boys

— see 2separate

the man

US, informal
somewhat old-fashioned 
orthe Man
: the police
orthe ManalsoThe Man
: the white people who are seen as having power in the U.S.: the white establishment
: a man who is admired or respected as a leader or as the best man in a particular field, sport, etc.

the man in the street

or Britishthe man on the Clapham omnibus
: the ordinary and average person

the odd man out

— see odd

to a man

— used to say that all the members in a group of men said, did, or thought the same thing

to the last man

: until all the men in a group are killed, defeated, etc.
2man/ˈmæn/interjection
2man
/ˈmæn/
interjection
Learner's definition of MAN  
chiefly US, informal
— used to express excitement, surprise, etc.
3man/ˈmæn/verb
mansmannedmanning
3man
/ˈmæn/
verb
mansmannedmanning
Learner's definition of MAN  
[+ object]
: to be the person who controls or is in charge of (something)
: to place people at or on (something) to do work
— see also manned
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