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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Omar sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which oversees foreign assistance and foreign policy issues. Amy Forliti, The Seattle Times, "Twitter dustup, apology not firsts for Minnesota Rep. Omar," 12 Feb. 2019 Acosta, who helped Epstein serve his time in an office rather than a prison cell — and measure it in months, not years — oversees Trump’s Labor Department, which is responsible for, among other things, preventing human trafficking. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 Will Roper, the USAF’s assistant secretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics, oversees $40 billion in programs. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Can Big Data Save Old Warplanes?," 23 Jan. 2019 Silverstein oversees rival The New York Times Magazine and was previously the editor-in-chief of Texas Monthly for six years. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Who Will Replace Adam Moss at New York Magazine?," 15 Jan. 2019 As president of Calty since 2007, Hunter oversees research, advanced design and production design. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Lexus' Latest Concept Car Was Inspired By a Copper Pot," 18 Dec. 2018 Getty Images As the brand's new head, Deacon oversees its core line and conceptualizes two collections a year (in addition to running his own couture business, of course). Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Designer Giles Deacon on His Aspinal of London Collection, the Royals, and Pippa Middleton," 9 Nov. 2018 This position essentially oversees development of the US computer models used to forecast weather around the world. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NOAA is about to make some big changes to its global weather model," 24 Oct. 2018 Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor oversees MRC TechWatch – a new project dedicated to exposing incidents of bias and censorship online by major tech companies. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Google CEO to meet GOP lawmakers regarding alleged bias against conservatives," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of oversee

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

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The first known use of oversee was before the 12th century

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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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