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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Pat Allen, director of the Oregon Health Authority and overseer of the coordinated care organization (CCO) system, now has a full-fledged insurrection on his hands. oregonlive.com, "State faces insurrection of Portland hospitals over CCO plan," 16 Aug. 2019 The book was condemned and canceled, and Regan was fired by corporate overseer News Corp. near the end of 2006 over alleged anti-Semitic comments. NBC News, "Mark Halperin's new book faces widespread criticism," 19 Aug. 2019 China asserted its role as Tibet’s overseer and clawed away large parts of the country under the guise of protecting the land from Gurkhas. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 The president of the United States, as the country’s primary representative abroad, commander of the armed forces, and overseer of all ambassadorial relations, has extraordinary power to shape global affairs. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Let’s Get Into a Fight About Foreign Policy," 1 Aug. 2019 But the waves of pro-autonomy protests in Hong Kong have severely tested Lam’s political usefulness with Beijing — and underscores a core tension for Hong Kong’s overseers since the territory was returned to Chinese control 22 years ago. Washington Post, "Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam is facing the wrath of her people. Beijing may be even angrier.," 22 June 2019 Rossello’s resignation may strengthen the hand of the federal overseers. Michelle Kaske, Fortune, "Understanding Why Puerto Rico’s Governor Resigned," 27 July 2019 As overseer of the state’s election system, Galvin is tasked with upholding and defending the integrity of the democratic process in Massachusetts. Matt Stout, BostonGlobe.com, "Galvin employees filed election papers during business hours," 9 May 2018 More than two years after a scandal erupted over fake customer accounts, Wells Fargo & Co. remains at sharp odds with its government overseers. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Wells Fargo Regulators Weigh Executive Shakeup as CEO Heads to Washington," 11 Mar. 2019

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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


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: a person who supervises something

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