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.>
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.
First Known Use of oversight
OVERSIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
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
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.>
Headscratcher for oversight
What do “watchful care” and “careless error” have in common? Though they are opposites they are both meanings of oversight.
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