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

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Recent Examples on the Web And attorneys general are vigilant overseers of charitable funds. Paul Sullivan, New York Times, "The Flaw in Warren Buffett’s Estate Plan," 28 Feb. 2020 If instead the people are in the fields and there was a white overseer on horseback with a whip riding by them. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, "Map in widely used U.S. history textbook refers to enslaved Africans as "immigrants," CBS News analysis finds," 19 Feb. 2020 In order to get a fuller picture, The congressman said further investigation by congressional overseers, including the House intelligence panel, would be needed. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "'Biased and out of control': Devin Nunes rips New York Times reporting on FISA memo," 31 Mar. 2020 Although the judge promises a review of the case, Daniel's saddled with a prunish overseer (Anne Haney) who's not likely to report favorably. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mrs. Doubtfire': THR's 1993 Review," 24 Nov. 2019 While Chester spends several episodes fighting his mother’s ghost, Amy struggles against a more mundane but no less dangerous antagonist: the camp’s overseer, Major Bowen (C. Thomas Howell). Nancy Matsumoto, The Atlantic, "Two Ways of Looking at The Terror: Infamy’s Finale," 16 Oct. 2019 The law firm’s become a subsidiary, and their new corporate overseers have a vaguely xenomorphic presence, infesting the office with postmodern art and glimmer white walls. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Good Fight season 4 is loopy, paranoid, all over the place, and gripping: Review," 9 Apr. 2020 The action made Fine no longer eligible to serve as overseer. Los Angeles Times, "Column: The next coronavirus rescue bill must fix all the problems of the last one," 8 Apr. 2020 Former stockpile overseers told CBS News that specific decisions about the national stockpile are not made public for national security reasons. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Face mask shortage in stockpile becomes political issue in election year," 30 Mar. 2020

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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 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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: a person who supervises something

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