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

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He’ll be joined by Sylvie Matherat, the bank’s chief regulatory officer and a management-board member, the top executive responsible for the bank’s relationship with the Fed and other key overseers. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "Deutsche Bank Senior Banker Advised Bosses to Consider Breakup," 19 Sep. 2018 After loving farewells, the family members separate for the day, the adults to work in the fields guarded by an overseer, the child to play with other youngsters. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Speaking Plainly About Slavery," 18 Jan. 2019 It’s much harder to stomach the torrent of bad headlines: a radical restructuring, a management shakeup, a stock in such a tailspin that the overseers of the Dow Jones industrial average gave it the boot this week after more than a century. Shirley Leung, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston’s bet on GE will still pay off," 27 June 2018 An individual’s profile will denote his or her title and regulatory overseer. Lisa Beilfuss, WSJ, "The Fiduciary Rule Is Dead. What’s an Investor to Do Now?," 9 Sep. 2018 But the true horror of slavery is brought home to Claire, Jamie, and young Ian when a slave, Rufus, who has attacked a cruel white overseer is punished by being spiked with a hook in his stomach. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4's Second Episode," 12 Nov. 2018 Refusing Mr Trump’s demand, or resigning on principle, could well have let the president install a more pliant overseer of Mr Mueller’s investigation. The Economist, "Trump demands that those investigating him be investigated," 24 May 2018 There are also buildings connected to Kentucky's ugly antebellum status as a slaveholding state, including an overseer's house and kitchen and cabins for the plantation's slaves. Taylor M. Riley, The Courier-Journal, "With an ornate library and lavish gardens, this Kentucky estate is the essence of opulence," 8 Mar. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce overseer (audio) \

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: a person who supervises something

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