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 Campaign Zero’s analysis found that 48 cities in 2016 had arbitration processes where the overseer in charge of reinstatement is partially selected by either the officer or the union. Alana Abramson, Time, "'We As Professionals Are Under Assault.' How The George Floyd Protests Are Shifting Power Away From Police Unions," 11 June 2020 Upon crashing down, the overseer was mauled by the pack of hounds, which shocked Jake. Durrell L. Smith, Outdoor Life, "The Tale of Jake and Belle: A Hunting Dog Story You Haven’t Heard Before," 10 June 2020 The decision — made quietly and without explanation — was the latest in a series of purges the White House has undertaken in recent months to remove government overseers who are charged with reporting on government malfeasance and corruption. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "State Department watchdog critical of Trump moves fired," 16 May 2020 An overseer independent of the university is expected to help allocate varying payments to the men based on their experiences and the harm done, the school said. NBC News, "Ohio State University will pay $41M to 162 men who say they were sexually abused by a team doctor," 8 May 2020 President Donald Trump has shown hostility toward oversight, sidelining the inspector general named to monitor all pandemic spending, and clashing with Democrats over how much independence to grant the overseers. Saleha Mohsin, Bloomberg.com, "Virus Aid Watchdog Will Have Subpoena Clout, Member Says," 5 May 2020 In Fernald’s final years, the site changed owners before ending production forever, but DOE remained the overseer. cincinnati.com, "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 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

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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 8 Jul. 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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