Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

oversee

play
verb over·see \ˌō-vər-ˈsē\

Simple Definition of oversee

  • : to watch and direct (an activity, a group of workers, etc.) in order to be sure that a job is done correctly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of oversee

oversaw

play \-ˈsȯ\

overseen

play \-ˈsēn\

overseeing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  survey, watch

  3. 2 a :  inspect, examine b :  supervise

Examples of oversee in a sentence

  1. He was hired to oversee design and construction of the new facility.

  2. <will oversee the new manufacturing division>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of oversee

before 12th century


OVERSEE Defined for Kids

oversee

play
verb over·see \ˌō-vər-ˈsē\

Definition of oversee for Students

oversaw

\-ˈsȯ\

overseen

\-ˈsēn\

overseeing

  1. :  to be in charge of :  supervise





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up oversee? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

different from the usual or normal

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

alphabet-pasta-spelling-help

Which is the correct spelling?

acommodate accommodate acommadate accomodate
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ