over·​seer | \ˈō-vər-ˌsir, ˈō-və-, -ˌsē-ər;ˌō-vər-ˈsir, ˌō-və-, -ˈsē-ər\

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Paisley Park now features a gift shop, a restaurant (vegetarian, like the artist) and a vast party space, all operated by the overseers of Graceland. Karen Heller, chicagotribune.com, "What would Prince want? Two years later, his estate is a mess and his legacy unclear," 19 Apr. 2018 The crack of the overseer's whip, the baying of the bloodhounds, the guns in the hands of bounty hunters looking for runaway slaves, all served to remind the audience of the pain and troubles faced by those running north to freedom. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, ""Freedom Train" Pulls Into Center For The Arts," 3 Apr. 2018 During the administration’s first year, dozens of senior career officials resigned or retired from the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency as many complained of being sidelined or ignored by political overseers. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Trump Appointee Is Trying to Squelch Us, Labor Board Staff Says," 25 Jan. 2018 In 1942, Béatrice de Camondo—the sole overseer of one of the most significant collections of 18th-century masterpieces ever amassed—was arrested in her sumptuous Paris apartment. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "A Secret Paris Museum and an Aristocratic Family Decimated by the Holocaust," 9 Feb. 2017 But an expansion of some type could be on the way now that the convention center’s overseers have committed up to $2.2 million to study the possibility. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Convention Center board approves $2.2 million to study possible expansion," 15 Mar. 2018 Cudjo Lewis was a man made a slave not by the crack of an overseer’s lash but through betrayal by other black people in his own home country. Emily Bernard, The New Republic, "Zora Neale Hurston’s drive to tell the story of the slave trade’s last survivor," 19 June 2018 The Dow's overseers may also not want market darlings, says Howard Ward, chief investment officer of growth equities at Gabelli Funds. chicagotribune.com, "Walgreens is what you get when you can't put Amazon in the Dow," 21 June 2018 Some of the directors displayed a fawning devotion to Holmes — in effect becoming cheerleaders rather than overseers. Roger Lowenstein, New York Times, "How One Company Scammed Silicon Valley. And How It Got Caught.," 21 May 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overseer

: a person who watches and directs the work of other people in order to be sure that a job is done correctly


over·​seer | \ˈō-vər-ˌsir \

Kids Definition of overseer

: a person who supervises something

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