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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In the wake of the Civil Rights and Womens' Rights movements, with labor unions strong and the government expanding its oversight of business via environment regulations and consumer protections, corporate America, Powell wrote, was on its heels. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 The plan for Tuesday was unusual not only for its secrecy, but for its oversight: The Homeland Security Department is not typically involved directly in family reunifications. New York Times, "Judge Rejects Long Detentions of Migrant Families, Dealing Trump Another Setback," 9 July 2018 Mayor Sylvester Turner has nominated Houston's interim director of finance to that post permanently, lauding her oversight of Hurricane Harvey recovery funding and her 15 years of experience. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Mayor Turner names new finance director for city of Houston," 22 June 2018 Dimitris ruled against them, extending his oversight of the family for another six months. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "Public's right of access to court recording in child death case upheld," 13 June 2018 The next question is what person — or combination of people — will take over Lasseter’s duties, which included creative oversight of Pixar and Walt Disney Studios? Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "Can Pixar, with its original leader leaving, extend its golden age?," 13 June 2018 Shaheen, D-New Hampshire, said Congress should consider revoking or rewriting the U.S. Olympic Committee's charter to include more oversight. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "5 takeaways from the U.S. Senate hearing about Larry Nassar," 5 June 2018 That money is allocated by the royal household with government oversight. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 2019 Unlike G-Sync displays, which are all fully tested and certified by Nvidia, FreeSync monitors are built around an open standard with much less oversight. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia driver unlocks FreeSync monitor support for GeForce graphics cards," 15 Jan. 2019

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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 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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