Definition of oversight
1a : watchful and responsible care you to whom oversight of the University is entrusted — N. M. Puseyb : 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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