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

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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 Mulvaney didn't spell out how a new inspector general would change things, but the implication is that this new overseer would be appointed by the president and would give even more control to the White House. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "A good consumer agency is a weak consumer agency, says Trump's consumer watchdog," 17 Apr. 2018 Authorities in California may have slapped a cease and desist order on Food for the Poor, but in Florida the Coconut Creek charity’s state overseer has found no foul play. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida agency gave Food for the Poor all-clear after investigation," 11 May 2018 Studies by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state's grid overseer, have found that transmission lines could become so congested that blackouts at times of peak demand could hit Houston by 2018. Ryan Maye Handy, Houston Chronicle, "CenterPoint completes Houston transmission line project," 8 Apr. 2018 Brown’s water resources department, the project’s chief overseer and promoter, has been treading a slippery log on this issue for years. George Skelton, latimes.com, "What do Southern Californians really get out of Gov. Jerry Brown's twin tunnels project?," 12 July 2018 But Monk doesn’t see public pension overseers as over-aggressive. Joseph N. Distefano, Philly.com, "Can Harrisburg insiders really find a better way to invest the state's pension billions?," 14 June 2018 Federal overseers found similar Medicaid overpayments in years earlier. Allie Morris, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Medicaid paid $5.4 million to cover dead patients, report says," 5 July 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


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Kids Definition of overseer

: a person who supervises something

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