over·​see | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsē How to pronounce oversee (audio) \
oversaw\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈsȯ How to pronounce oversaw (audio) \; overseen\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈsēn How to pronounce overseen (audio) \; overseeing

Definition of oversee

transitive verb

1 : survey, watch From his hilltop home he can oversee the river below.
2a : inspect, examine oversees all new machinery
b : to watch over and direct (an undertaking, a group of workers, etc.) in order to ensure a satisfactory outcome or performance : supervise was hired to oversee the design and construction of the new library oversaw 20 employees

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Examples of oversee in a Sentence

He was hired to oversee design and construction of the new facility. will oversee the new manufacturing division
Recent Examples on the Web Jim Simpson, a certified public accountant who oversees the site at Scottsdale Community College that Kamyab visited, said that on a typical day 30 to 40 taxpayers will be assisted by 10 preparers. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "You can get free tax help with personal service from these IRS-sanctioned programs," 9 Feb. 2020 The Oscars recruits seat fillers, typically friends of industry insiders or relatives of PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants (who oversee the vote counting), to fill seats and not much else. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Who is Oscar, anyway? And other Academy Awards secrets," 8 Feb. 2020 LaRose also toured the country’s central elections center and met with security industry, business and government officials, including the supreme court justice who oversees Israel’s elections committee. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose back from talking elections security in Israel," 7 Feb. 2020 McMann took her concerns to the Personnel Subcommittee, a group of top lawmakers from both parties, including House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate Leader Rodric Bray, who oversee LSA. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "A state employee said her boss hit her. She complained. Then she lost her job.," 5 Feb. 2020 Karey Barton, associate deputy comptroller for tax who oversaw Tuesday’s hearing, said the office will take city officials’ comments under consideration. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "North Texas cities warn of millions in sales tax revenue losses over proposed online shopping rule," 4 Feb. 2020 Party officials have less training and experience in administering the vote than do state and local election administrators who oversee most of the primaries. Jessica Huseman, ProPublica, "Iowa’s Lesson: Political Parties Are Not as Good as Government Officials at Counting Votes," 4 Feb. 2020 Sabrina Owens, who has overseen business and probate matters since the Queen of Soul's August 2018 death, filed a petition Thursday in Oakland County Probate Court giving two weeks' notice of her resignation. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Aretha Franklin estate shakeup: Niece to resign as executor while family conflict broils," 30 Jan. 2020 Leading the investigation is Jennifer Homendy, an NTSB member who oversaw the investigation of a fire aboard the dive boat Conception that killed 34 people off Santa Cruz Island in September. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Kobe Bryant crash: Feds probing chopper maintenance records, pilot history, fog," 27 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of oversee

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Oversee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversaw?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=overse05. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


over·​see | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsē How to pronounce oversee (audio) \
oversaw\ -​ˈsȯ \; overseen\ -​ˈsēn \; overseeing

Kids Definition of oversee

: to be in charge of : supervise

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