oversee

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verb over·see \ˌō-vər-ˈsē\

Definition of oversee

oversaw

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overseen

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overseeing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  survey, watch From his hilltop home he can oversee the river below.

  3. 2a :  inspect, examine oversees all new machineryb :  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

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

Recent Examples of oversee from the Web

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First Known Use of oversee

before 12th century


OVERSEE Defined for English Language Learners

oversee

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Definition of oversee for English Language Learners

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


OVERSEE Defined for Kids

oversee

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verb over·see \ˌō-vər-ˈsē\

Definition of oversee for Students

oversaw

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overseen

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overseeing

  1. :  to be in charge of :  supervise



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