oversee

verb
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

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One of the first projects overseen and conceptualized by Gjesing and his team was a book of photographs that showcased H2O’s Spring 2018 collection. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This 1980s-Era Sportswear Label Is the Nautica of Denmark and It’s Making a Major Comeback," 15 May 2019 The room is divided into disciplines, akin to a NASA mission control room, with engineers in one section, payload specialists in another, and a stratum of officers overseeing the checklists. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Locked Rooms Where They Protect GPS," 22 Mar. 2019 The couple met in Marrakech in the mid-aughts when Fred, originally from Paris, was overseeing a riad in the medina and Rosena was starting up Boutique Souk. Gisela Williams, ELLE Decor, "A Marrakech Home is Transformed with a Modern New Layout Made for Entertaining," 18 Mar. 2019 According to the College Board, which administers and oversees the SATs, more than 160,000 students requested accommodations taking the big test in the 2015-2016 school year — an increase in requests seen compared to previous years. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "The College Admissions Scandal Could Have Lasting Impacts for Disabled People," 13 Mar. 2019 In a wide-ranging exit interview with Los Angeles Times reporter Molly O’Toole, Kelly discussed his tumultuous 17 months overseeing President Donald Trump’s White House. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "John Kelly’s exit interview lifts the curtain on the chaos within the Trump White House," 30 Dec. 2018 On Friday morning, masked gunmen stood ominously in these two town squares overseeing the frightened few who dared go about their daily business. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 The effort is part of the United Kingdom's commitment to upholding OPCW's integrity overseeing a global ban under the Chemical Weapons Convention. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "British police identify source of Russian nerve agent that killed woman," 13 July 2018 The brainchild of Abby Bangser, a former Frieze Art Fair artistic director, Object & Thing is skipping booths in favor of a single installation overseen by Rafael de Cárdenas. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "Green River Project Debuts 50 One-Off Pieces at Object & Thing," 3 May 2019

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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

verb

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

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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