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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The other steps, like flooring, cabinetry, gas, water plumbing, and wall finishing can be completed without professional oversight. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Love Tiny Homes? Now You Can Build Your Own," 1 Mar. 2019 Nonetheless, the deal was extended for another year in December 2017, presumably without Tran’s oversight. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Microsoft executive allegedly tried to embezzle $1.5 million and stole employees’ Super Bowl tickets," 18 Oct. 2018 The county executive currently appoints both of those positions without oversight. Talia Richman, baltimoresun.com, "Anne Arundel County Council eyes proposals to limit executive's appointment power," 3 July 2018 Politicians with a conscience (example: those who think immigrant children shouldn't be housed in cages) can now function as the legislative branch is supposed to, conducting real oversight on an executive branch that has, until now, faced none. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "A Pep Talk for Democrats: It's OK. We Won.," 7 Nov. 2018 Ted Pick, Morgan Stanley’s trading chief, will add oversight of investment banking, a move that puts him in charge of half of the firm’s revenue and cements his frontrunner status. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: CFPB further under fire with Kavanaugh pick for Supreme Court," 11 July 2018 Heathers was originally developed by Cox and Gardner for TV Land, before both executives added oversight of Paramount Network as part of the latter cable network's rebranding from Spike TV to become Viacom's general entertainment destination. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Heathers' Scrapped at Paramount Network, Will be Shopped Elsewhere (Exclusive)," 1 June 2018 The public defense commission, which oversees the Office of Public Defense Services, must decide by June whether to ask lawmakers to fund added oversight and the social worker manager in the next state budget. Hillary Borrud, OregonLive.com, "Oregon officials consider increasing accountability for foster children's lawyers," 18 May 2018 At first, the commission was serving as oversight of NASA investigating itself. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 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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