the number of workers needed or available to do a particular job a need for trained/skilled manpower a manpower shortage We have undertaken a major review to ensure best use of the available manpower.Extra examples Manpower will be reduced by an average of 20%. The factory’s opening hours over the holiday period will depend on the availability of manpower. They did not have the manpower to comply with every regulation. a pool of manpower for the new industries a reduction in manpower a shortage of skilled manpower The crew was reduced to three due to a manpower shortage. We need to ensure best use of the available manpower.