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noun man pronunciation in British English /mæn/
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  1. 1
    [countable] an adult male human
    an ambitious young man
    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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 7
    [countable] [usually plural] a man of low rank in the armed forces
    General Hoge ordered his men to take the bridge.
  6. 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.
      a medical/military man
      our man in something: Our man in Brazil has been watching the situation.
  7. 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!
  8. 12
    [countable] old-fashioned a servant
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