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 Calhoun’s to-do-list also includes repairing Boeing’s strained relationship with its chief regulator, and overseeing compensation to airline customers who canceled thousands of flights because their Boeing jets were grounded. Washington Post, "New Boeing CEO inherits crisis created under his predecessor," 13 Jan. 2020 In his role as EVP/CPP, Minegar was responsible for developing the club’s annual strategic plan and overseeing all aspects of the Cardinals’ business operations. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Ron Minegar stepping down as Cardinals' executive vice president, chief operating officer," 10 Jan. 2020 The head of the Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, Soleimani was the instrument of Iranian imperialism around the region, building up proxy forces, overseeing operations, and executing a geopolitical vision. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 9 Jan. 2020 Here’s why: As U of L’s president, Bendapudi is responsible for guiding the university’s academic and research missions as well as overseeing its growing health care operation. The Courier-Journal, "Who are the most influential people in Kentucky? Here are 20 to watch in 2020," 9 Jan. 2020 The city will pay to subsidize the units and the nonprofits will oversee day-to-day operations. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF to lease buildings for formerly homeless as it struggles to get people off the streets," 7 Jan. 2020 The organization is governed by an independent body -- the Avon Lake Board of Municipal Utilities -- that establishes policy and oversees the utility’s operations. cleveland, "Waterline replacements begin in Avon Lake," 6 Jan. 2020 Pfund ran the mentor training core in NRMN’s first phase and now oversees the phase two coordinating center. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "From service to science: NIH shifts focus of mentoring network aimed at boosting grantee diversity," 3 Jan. 2020 MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY Starkey Canada announced that Brian Archambault has accepted the role of managing director, overseeing Starkey operations across Canada. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Business People: Sunday, Dec. 29," 29 Dec. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversee. Accessed 24 January 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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