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noun     man pronunciation in British English
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  1. 1
    [countable] an adult male human

    a jury of nine men and three women

    a man’s overcoat

    a man of 64 (=who is 64 years old)

    1. a.

      a man

      old-fashioned used by a man for referring to himself

      A man likes to have some time to himself.

  2. 2
    [countable] old-fashioned a person of either sex. Some people do not like to use this word in this way because they think it is offensive to women

    All men are created equal.

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    1. a.
      [uncountable] people in general

      He always maintained his belief in the goodness of man.

      the evolution of man

  3. 3
    [countable] someone who is strong and brave, as a man is traditionally expected to be
    be a man!:

    Come on! Be a man!

  4. 4
    [countable] a man who is connected with a particular place

    a city man

    The truck was driven by a 28-year-old Doncaster man.

    1. a.
      a man who has been to a particular university

      an Oxford man

  5. 5
    [countable] informal a man who takes part in a particular activity or who likes a particular thing

    I’m not really a football man. I prefer tennis.

  6. 6
    [countable] a husband, boyfriend, or sexual partner

    Have you met Jessica’s new man?

  7. 7
    [countable] [usually plural] a man of low rank in the armed forces

    General Hoge ordered his men to take the bridge.

  8. 8
    [countable] a man of low status who works in a factory, on a farm, or in industry

    The men were threatening to go on strike.

    1. a.
      a man who comes to your house to do a piece of work or provide a service, especially to repair something

      the dishwasher man

      the gas man

      They sent a man round to look at the sink.

    2. b.
      a man who works for a particular company or organization, or who does a particular type of work

      He eyed the two CIA men suspiciously.

      our man in something:

      Our man in Brazil has been watching the situation.

  9. 9
    [countable] informal used for talking to a man or a boy

    Hey man, how are you doing?

    1. a.
      informal old-fashioned used for talking to a man when you are annoyed or upset

      Just get on with it, man!

  10. 10

    the man

    mainly American informal someone with power and authority over other people
  11. 11
    [countable] one of the small objects used for playing a game such as chess
  12. 12
    [countable] old-fashioned a servant
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