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 The Interior Ministry, which oversees France’s surveillance and security, is reviewing the court’s decision, a spokeswoman said. Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg.com, "French Covid-19 Drones Grounded After Privacy Complaint," 30 May 2020 The award also includes designating one company, Aetna, to oversee all health services for children in foster care or in the juvenile justice system in an effort to streamline care and improve access for them. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "State awards nearly $8B in Medicaid business, but Louisville-based Passport not chosen," 29 May 2020 The company twice lowered Wixom Lake’s level without permission after the federal license was revoked, according to EGLE, which has overseen the Edenville barrier since the federal license was withdrawn. Fox News, "Michigan residents sue state, operators over dam failures that led to flooding; Whitmer orders probe," 28 May 2020 The activist investors also want Amazon to appoint an independent board member to oversee worker safety. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Trump escalates his war with Twitter ... on Twitter," 27 May 2020 Who knows, maybe the famously famous person was busy overseeing her beach club in Mykonos, Greece, which was chronicled on last year's MTV reality series Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Ramy Youssef says Lindsay Lohan agreed to be on Ramy — but then ghosted him," 27 May 2020 To help meet the demand, the state signed a $42 million contract with Maximus to oversee a call center with at least 500 contact tracers. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about coronavirus contact tracing," 26 May 2020 Dunn's first job will be to oversee the development of this facility, said Tim Ellis, co-founder of Relativity. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: NASA’s stunning Falcon 9 bargain, Ariane 6 delayed," 22 May 2020 Leah and her husband stayed close by and oversaw the rebuilding of the restaurant from matching his-and-hers FEMA trailers on the vacant lot across the street. Jessica B. Harris, Southern Living, "Remembering Leah Chase, the Queen of Creole Cuisine," 21 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 7 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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