over·sight | \ˈō-vər-ˌsīt \

Definition of oversight 

1a : watchful and responsible care you to whom oversight of the University is entrusted— N. M. Pusey

b : regulatory supervision congressional oversight The new manager was given oversight of the project.

2 : an inadvertent omission or error whether by oversight or intention— G. B. Shaw The error was a simple oversight.

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Examples of oversight in a Sentence

The fact that you didn't get an invitation is surely just an oversight. The error was a simple oversight. The new manager was given oversight of the project.
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The Alameda County Office of Education, which provides fiscal oversight of district budgets, requested the analysis after Oakland Unified officials in December, facing a significant deficit, requested a deferment in state loan payments. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland schools in new mess over financial practices," 21 June 2018 The task force is recommending a permanent oversight committee be appointed by the city commission to handle all the details if the plan moves forward. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Proposal calls for Royal Oak transit to connect zoo, farmer's market, downtown," 20 June 2018 The government has merged regulatory bodies to strengthen its oversight. The Economist, "China’s tighter regulation of shadow banks begins to bite," 14 June 2018 As companies such as Ancestry, 23andMe and Helix grow, some lawyers and privacy specialists are urging Congress and the Food and Drug Administration to provide more oversight of the industry, with stronger protections for customers. Author: Stuart Leavenworth, Anchorage Daily News, "DNA testing is like the 'Wild West.' Should it be more tightly regulated?," 9 June 2018 The justices declared the state had fully implemented its new school funding plan, lifted the contempt order and the $100,000-per-day sanctions, and ended their oversight of the case. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Washington Supreme Court ends long-running McCleary education case against the state," 9 June 2018 In an earlier report, the health department said Cathedral Village provided lax oversight of temporary staff. Harold Brubaker, Philly.com, "Testimony: White House call kicked off criminal investigation of H.R. McMaster Sr.'s death at Cathedral Village," 5 June 2018 When the new contract goes into effect this fall, DDOT will take over management from Metro, which has been providing contract oversight. Luz Lazo, Washington Post, "D.C. Circulator operations contract going to a new provider," 4 June 2018 The board did not provide adequate oversight of its investigative unit. Jeff Mcdonald, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Law enforcement review board lacks accountability, staff and funding, grand jury report says," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of oversight

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of oversight

: a mistake made because someone forgets or fails to notice something

: the act or job of directing work that is being done


over·sight | \ˈō-vər-ˌsīt \

Kids Definition of oversight

1 : the act or duty of overseeing : watchful care He was assigned oversight of the project.

2 : an error or something forgotten through carelessness or haste It was surely an oversight that you weren't invited.

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