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.

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 The 2021 survey appraised how particular companies fared regarding key elements of the production process, such as business affairs, Zoom pitching and production editorial oversight and notes. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Jan. 2022 Resident Pedro Rios, who has also called for the establishment of an oversight group, said that independent work is still needed. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Jan. 2022 Layers of procedures with inconsistent practices without quality control oversight when dictating health practices across the district is of great concern. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Jan. 2022 Short of better oversight and regulation, governmental or scientific bodies like ACOG could develop recommendations and guidelines for app developers and users. Nina Jankowicz, Wired, 21 Jan. 2022 The oversight committees are expected to continue reviewing the executive order and its impact on nursing home residents. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, 21 Jan. 2022 Kaitlin Durbin reports from the first meeting of the year with the jail’s 12-member oversight committee. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Connecticut Senate Republicans called Thursday for quarterly reports and public hearings by the legislature to have better oversight concerning billions of dollars in federal funds flowing to Connecticut. Christopher Keating, courant.com, 20 Jan. 2022 The Navy's new position comes ahead of Tuesday's House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness oversight hearing on the water crisis. Chris Boyette, CNN, 11 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of oversight

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

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“Oversight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversight. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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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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