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 Lord and Miller have a longstanding relationship with Pascal, who oversaw the duo's films Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, and 22 Jump Street at Sony Pictures. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Ryan Gosling heading back to space in new astronaut film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller," 16 May 2020 Nicole Wurm, who oversaw the roughly 90 national guard troops and civil air patrol volunteers who assisted with the five-hour event. Tony Cook, The Indianapolis Star, "Thousands of Hoosiers wait hours at one of Indiana's largest pandemic food distributions," 16 May 2020 Biden, who oversaw the implementation of the U.S. stimulus a decade ago, has already doubled down on a promise for a Green New Deal. Justin Worland, Time, "As the Rest of the World Plans a Green Recovery, America Is Once Again Falling Behind," 15 May 2020 Officials at the agency that oversees the nation's immigration courts did not respond to questions about the number of migrants border officials have placed in regular immigration removal proceedings since the CDC order was issued. CBS News, "Only 2 migrants allowed to seek humanitarian protection under Trump's coronavirus border order," 13 May 2020 Those pinas are pit-cooked with hot rocks, which imparts earthy, rustic, and sometimes smoky flavors, says Katie Toomey, who oversees Mayawell’s bar with her husband, Adam. Eric Velasco, al, "Mayawell bar familiarizes Birmingham with agave spirits," 12 May 2020 Download the NBC News app for full coverage and alerts about the coronavirus outbreak The federal agency that oversees nursing homes isn't keeping track of coronavirus-only facilities. NBC News, "Connecticut launches bold new approach to virus crisis: COVID-19-only nursing homes," 11 May 2020 The employee left the boy in a high chair by himself for two hours without properly securing him in the chair, according to court records and an inspection by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the state agency that oversees daycares. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Ex-employee of Cleveland daycare charged after 6-month-old boy falls out of high chair, hits head," 9 May 2020 The former Notre Dame defensive coordinator was imported to turn things around, replacing Don Morton, who had overseen three straight 1-7 seasons in Big Ten play. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Darrell Bevell's surprise scamper and a Rose Bowl triumph for Wisconsin," 6 May 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/oversee. Accessed 3 Jun. 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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