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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The president-elect earned his bachelor's degree at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and served on the school's board of overseers. Daniel Golden, Town & Country, "How Wealthy Families Manipulate Admissions at Elite Universities," 21 Nov. 2016 The Cole attack’s overseer certainly noticed the American quiescence. Warren Bass, WSJ, "The Bin Laden Attack That Two Presidents Failed to Answer," 10 Jan. 2019 Volkswagen’s overseers centralized an unusual amount of power in Mr. Diess’s hands as part of a major reorganization also announced Thursday. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Volkswagen’s New C.E.O. Is an Outsider. That’s an Asset, and a Liability.," 12 Apr. 2018 Despite the warmer relationship, Democrats have expressed concern that Mr. Trump would try to remove Mr. Rosenstein, given his role as the overseer of the Russia probe. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump Last Year, FBI Memos Claim," 21 Sep. 2018 Redstone, who took over as NAI’s overseer after health issues sidelined her billionaire father, opposed the split of the two companies. Jef Feeley, BostonGlobe.com, "Redstone family wins round in court fight for control of CBS," 18 May 2018 The bank overseer has noticed a range of methods for doing asset-depletion calculations and wants to make sure the level of oversight is commensurate with the level of risk in these loans, according to people familiar with the matter. Ben Eisen, WSJ, "No Pay Stub? No Problem. Unconventional Mortgages Make a Comeback," 23 Jan. 2019 Reading Required Both overseers have traditionally favored disclosure over blanket restrictions. Bloomberg.com, "XIV Lawsuit Shows Peril That Lurks Within Democratized Investing," 16 Mar. 2018 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

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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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