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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Recent Examples on the Web Cops are deputized as federal agents, which means the Justice Department can shield them from litigation and local oversight. Simone Weichselbaum, USA TODAY, "Some big cities pulling their police officers out of federal joint task forces," 27 Nov. 2019 While the Wall Street giant’s measures of financial strength remained above the U.K.’s regulatory requirements during the four years in question, that’s little comfort given the magnitude of the flaws and the bank’s inadequate oversight. Washington Post, "Citigroup’s Record British Fine Is a Bad Look for Bankers," 27 Nov. 2019 But state officials expected that Donnan would continue as a K-8 innovation school under the district’s oversight. Dylan Peers Mccoy, Indianapolis Star, "IPS cuts ties with Charter Schools USA — setting up a showdown over future of takeover schools," 24 Nov. 2019 Horowitz will recommend reforms, such as strengthening the internal oversight process. Anchorage Daily News, "Justice Dept. watchdog finds political bias did not taint top officials running the FBI’s Russia probe, but documents other errors," 22 Nov. 2019 Otherwise federal prosecutors could decide the situation warrants government oversight to ascertain if the union rooted out all the corruption. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "UAW's leadership uncertain, member's confidence shaky after Jones quits," 22 Nov. 2019 Maloney, of New York, is the first woman to chair the oversight panel and has been serving as its temporary leader since the death of Representative Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, last month. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "House Democrats tap Carolyn Maloney to chair Oversight Committee," 20 Nov. 2019 The city billed Kessler for 30 minutes of a manager’s time, however, while the manager actually spent 37 minutes conducting what the city describes as oversight and record keeping regarding the request. oregonlive, "Portland must stop charging excessive fees for simple public records searches, judge says," 20 Nov. 2019 But if so, due to the increasing role technology plays in societies, the emerging question of oversight and social control may appear sooner or later. Wired, "Opinion: Websites Ask for Permissions And Attack Forgiveness," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of oversight

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

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“Oversight.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversight?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=o&file=oversi01. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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