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 The state cod fisheries are determined by surveys and stock models done by federal overseers who then break out the catch among all Alaska fishing regions and gear types. Anchorage Daily News, "Small cod fishery will occur after all in Gulf of Alaska’s state waters," 24 Dec. 2019 The protesters are pressing Hong Kong officials and their overseers, the authoritarian Communist Party leaders of China, for greater democratic rights and rule-of-law in the autonomous territory. BostonGlobe.com, "Along with allowing for sanctions, the legislation requires the State Department to review each year whether Hong Kong is still autonomous enough to qualify for the benefits of the 1992 Hong Kong Policy Act, which grants the city a trade and economic status different from that of mainland China.," 4 Nov. 2019 Governor Ricardo Rossello’s looming resignation leaves Puerto Rico’s government in shambles and may strengthen the hand of federal overseers tasked with imposing austerity on the bankrupt island to pull it from a years-long financial crisis. Michelle Kaske, Fortune, "Puerto Rico Chaos May Empower Board in Bankruptcy Hearings as Rossello Exit Looms," 24 July 2019 The rise of Elizabeth Warren — The real rise of Elizabeth Warren came in her days as a Harvard Law School professor and overseer of the financial crisis bailout. BostonGlobe.com, "The Lunder Building at Massachusetts General Hospital. A Globe Spotlight Team report looked at concurrent surgeries at the hospital.," 31 Dec. 2019 Space Force will be the provider of forces to U.S. Space Command, a separate organization established earlier this year as the overseer of the military's space operations. Arkansas Online, "U.S. launches new Space Force," 21 Dec. 2019 They should be terminated along with their overseers who also failed at their job. Letter Writers, Twin Cities, "Letters: About that bike lane on Grand Avenue …," 9 Nov. 2019 Thebes, a 14-month old cat, was making the rounds of the shelter, on Aug. 18.The black and white short-haired cat is the unofficial mascot and feral kitten overseer. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Doing Her Part To Clear The Shelters," 26 Aug. 2019 In a supporting role, Haney is a hilarious foil as Daniel's reproving, humorless overseer. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mrs. Doubtfire': THR's 1993 Review," 24 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of overseer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overseer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overseer. Accessed 24 January 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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