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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Trump and Rosenstein have long had a contentious relationship because of Rosenstein’s oversight of the investigation, and there has been speculation that Trump would fire him, too. Cindy Otis, Teen Vogue, "Why Jeff Sessions's Resignation May Be Sketchier Than You Think," 8 Nov. 2018 Puerto Rico’s oversight board expects inflation to stay below 1.6% through the 2023 fiscal year. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Rising Costs Feared to Crimp Puerto Rico’s Building Boom," 6 Nov. 2018 More public oversight of facial recognition may be coming. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Facial recognition is becoming one of the 21st century’s biggest public space issues," 19 Oct. 2018 The oversight boards of some states are the industry themselves. German Lopez, Vox, "Why you shouldn’t dismiss the risk of marijuana addiction," 20 Aug. 2018 On Friday, the judge also ruled on a number of requests by the ACLU to increase oversight of the reunification process. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Trump administration outlines plan to reunify remaining 2,500 separated children," 14 July 2018 McCaskill, who is running in a competitive re-election race in her home state, has made oversight of companies that manufacture and distribute painkillers a priority this Congress. Lev Facher, STAT, "System for reporting suspicious opioid orders repeatedly failed, report finds," 12 July 2018 The island is also mired in a financial crisis after declaring a form of bankruptcy last year and is under an oversight board based in the United States. Katie Zezima, Washington Post, "Puerto Rico pushes for statehood, calling it a civil rights issue," 27 June 2018 Though projections that showed enormous deficits and cash flow problems have been erased for now, the city will continue reporting to the oversight board. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Oversight Board Approves Budget, End-Of-Year Subsidy For Hartford," 7 June 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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