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chiefly historical a man who has people working for him, especially servants or slaves:he acceded to his master’s wishes
a person who has dominance or control of something:he was master of the situation a machine or device directly controlling another: [as modifier]:a master cylinderCompare with slave. dated a male head of a household:the master of the house the owner of a dog, horse, or other domesticated animal. 2a skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity:I’m a master of disguise a great artist, especially one belonging to the accepted canon:the work of the great masters is spread around the art galleries of the world a very strong chess or bridge player, especially one who has qualified for the title at international tournaments:a chess masterSee also grand master. (Masters) [treated as singular] (in some sports) a class for competitors over the usual age for the highest level of competition. 3a person who holds a second or further degree from a university or other academic institution (only in titles and set expressions):a master’s degree a Master of Arts (master's) a postgraduate degree:I had a master’s in computer engineering 4a man in charge of an organization or group, in particular.
chiefly British a male schoolteacher, especially at a public or prep school.
the head of a college or school. the captain of a merchant ship. 5used as a title prefixed to the name of a boy not old enough to be called “Mr.”:Master James Williams archaic a title for a man of high rank or learning. the title of the heir apparent of a Scottish viscount or baron. 6an original movie, recording, or document from which copies can be made: [as modifier]:the master tape
1having or showing very great skill or proficiency:a master painter denoting a person skilled in a particular trade and able to teach others:a master bricklayer 2main; principal:the master bedroom
verb [with object]
1acquire complete knowledge or skill in (an accomplishment, technique, or art):I never mastered Latin 2gain control of; overcome:I managed to master my fears 3make a master copy of (a movie or record).