oversee

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verb over·see \ˌō-vər-ˈsē\

Definition of oversee

oversaw

play \-ˈsȯ\

overseen

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overseeing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  survey, watch

  3. 2 a :  inspect, examine b :  supervise

Examples of oversee in a sentence

  1. He was hired to oversee design and construction of the new facility.

  2. <will oversee the new manufacturing division>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of oversee

before 12th century


OVERSEE Defined for English Language Learners

oversee

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verb over·see \ˌō-vər-ˈsē\

Definition of oversee for English Language Learners

  • : to watch and direct (an activity, a group of workers, etc.) in order to be sure that a job is done correctly


OVERSEE Defined for Kids

oversee

play
verb over·see \ˌō-vər-ˈsē\

Definition of oversee for Students

oversaw

\-ˈsȯ\

overseen

\-ˈsēn\

overseeing

  1. :  to be in charge of :  supervise



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