overseer

noun
over·​seer | \ ˈō-vər-ˌsir How to pronounce overseer (audio) , ˈō-və-, -ˌsē-ər; ˌō-vər-ˈsir, ˌō-və-, -ˈsē-ər \
plural overseers

Definition of overseer

: a person who oversees others : a person with supervisory responsibilities Her insider status was cemented in 1988 with a stint as … overseer of the party's nominating convention.— Gwen Ifill … suggests that in Upper Egypt the control of local affairs by the pharaoh's overseer was gradually diluted during the late Old Kingdom …— Robert J. Wenke Some pension funds proactively keep government overseers up to date so that they will not feel a need to be intrusive.— Simon C. Y. Wong

Examples of overseer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dahlan is the principal of Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy, of which Hamzah Al-Hussein is a council overseer. Bassem Mroue, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Apr. 2021 Her overseer, exploiting the vulnerability of an elderly woman, cheated Mary throughout the war. Martha Saxton, The Conversation, 7 May 2021 The boycott effort is led by Bishop Reginald Jackson, overseer of all 534 African Methodist Episcopal churches in the state. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 20 Apr. 2021 But the league exists primarily as a trade organization and overseer of the Tony Awards with the American Theatre Wing. Peter Marks, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Apr. 2021 Dahlan is the principal of Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy, of which Hamzah Al-Hussein is a council overseer. NBC News, 6 Apr. 2021 But the league exists primarily as a trade organization and overseer of the Tony Awards with the American Theatre Wing. Peter Marks, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Apr. 2021 But the league exists primarily as a trade organization and overseer of the Tony Awards with the American Theatre Wing. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2021 Chris McCarthy, the president of MTV Entertainment Group and overseer of numerous ViacomCBS cable networks, believes such language contributes to a stigmatization of mental health and leads to fewer people seeking help. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of overseer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overseer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overseer. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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overseer

noun

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

overseer

noun
over·​seer | \ ˈō-vər-ˌsir How to pronounce overseer (audio) \

Kids Definition of overseer

: a person who supervises something

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