oversight

noun
over·​sight | \ ˈō-vər-ˌsīt How to pronounce oversight (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web But the White House has blocked their oversight requests at most every turn, declining to provide new documents or allow former aides to testify. Mary Clare Jalonick, Fortune, "Lewandowski to Testify at First Impeachment Hearing as Democrats Investigate Trump," 17 Sep. 2019 These things interfere with their ability to hobble government agencies and reduce oversight. Oliver Milman, Scientific American, "The Silenced: Meet the Climate Whistle-Blowers Muzzled by the Trump Administration," 17 Sep. 2019 Competent, established, and experienced agents have no incentive to subject themselves to this legislation, and its overly burdensome procedures and oversight. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Ohio State football considered playoff team in ESPN’s recent bowl projections: Buckeye Breakfast," 17 Sep. 2019 But the White House has blocked their oversight requests at most every turn, declining to provide new documents or allow former aides to testify. Mary Clare Jalonick, chicagotribune.com, "Corey Lewandowski to testify, 2 former Trump aides won’t, as House Judiciary Committee holds its first impeachment hearing," 17 Sep. 2019 Two chairwomen of House committees on science and oversight drafted a letter to Ross requesting information related to his department’s dealings with NOAA and Hurricane Dorian. Anchorage Daily News, "‘This isn’t just a stupid story, it’s a big story’: An oral history of Sharpiegate," 14 Sep. 2019 But given president Donald Trump’s destruction and subversion of the US diplomatic apparatus, this seems like a pretty big oversight on our part. James W. Carden, Quartz, "Elizabeth Warren has a plan to fix the State Department and no one wants to talk about it," 13 Sep. 2019 But in order to garner that support, that will mean addressing the songwriters' needs for effective transparency and meaningful oversight in the direct licensing process. Ed Christman, Billboard, "NMPA Asks DOJ to Amend Consent Decrees to Allow Publishers to Selectively Withdraw Digital Rights From Blanket Licenses," 13 Sep. 2019 This would potentially be by choice, though, not just by oversight: Some Americans would elect not to pay the premium for a Medicare-like plan even if it was capped at 8.5 percent of their income, as Biden's plan would do. Benjy Sarlin, NBC News, "What was going on between Biden and Castro on health care?," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of oversight

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

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4 Nov 2019

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oversight

noun
How to pronounce oversight (audio)

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

oversight

noun
over·​sight | \ ˈō-vər-ˌsīt How to pronounce oversight (audio) \

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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