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oversight

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noun over·sight \ˈō-vər-ˌsīt\

Simple Definition of oversight

  • : a mistake made because someone forgets or fails to notice something

  • : the act or job of directing work that is being done

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of oversight

  1. 1 a :  watchful and responsible care b :  regulatory supervision <congressional oversight>

  2. 2 :  an inadvertent omission or error

Examples of oversight in a sentence

  1. The fact that you didn't get an invitation is surely just an oversight.

  2. The error was a simple oversight.

  3. The new manager was given oversight of the project.



15th Century

First Known Use of oversight

15th century

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OVERSIGHT Defined for Kids

oversight

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noun over·sight \ˈō-vər-ˌsīt\

Definition of oversight for Students

  1. 1 :  the act or duty of overseeing :  watchful care <He was assigned oversight of the project.>

  2. 2 :  an error or something forgotten through carelessness or haste <It was surely an oversight that you weren't invited.>



Headscratcher for oversight

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