oversight

noun over·sight \ ˈō-vər-ˌsīt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of oversight

1 a :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.

Examples of oversight in a Sentence

  1. The fact that you didn't get an invitation is surely just an oversight.

  2. The error was a simple oversight.

  3. The new manager was given oversight of the project.

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First Known Use of oversight

15th century


OVERSIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

oversight

noun

Definition of oversight for English Language Learners

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

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


OVERSIGHT Defined for Kids

oversight

noun over·sight \ ˈō-vər-ˌsīt \

Definition of oversight for Students

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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