oversee

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

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 An Egyptian physician and eye surgeon by training, al-Zawahiri played a key role in helping Bin Laden oversee the suicide hijackings, which were conceived of and orchestrated by a close Pakistani ally Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2022 Sarasota County Public Hospital Board members hire the CEO, provide strategic guidance, oversee the system’s $1.3 billion annual budget, and have the power to assess a property tax to raise money for hospital projects. Tim Craig, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 The Joint Coordination Center, which will oversee the export of Ukrainian grain, was opened in Istanbul on Wednesday. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 29 July 2022 The business council will include leaders from WBD’s sports, games, technology, revenue, and corporate groups and will oversee enterprise-wide diversity programs for employees. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2022 In her new position as general counsel, Del Val will serve as Bad Robot’s key corporate counsel, as well as oversee and set legal strategies that follow the company’s business plan. Michaela Zee, Variety, 28 July 2022 Three astronauts are already living in the core module and will oversee the arrival and docking of the lab. BostonGlobe.com, 24 July 2022 Documents obtained by The Associated Press showed the deals called for the creation of a U.N.-led joint coordination center in Istanbul where officials from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey would oversee the scheduling and searches of cargo ships. Susie Blann, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 July 2022 Documents obtained by The Associated Press showed the deals called for a U.N.-led joint coordination center in Istanbul where officials from Ukraine, Russia, Turkey would oversee the scheduling and searches of cargo ships. Susie Blann, BostonGlobe.com, 23 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of oversee

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

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6 Aug 2022

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“Oversee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversee. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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oversee

verb
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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