su·​per·​in·​tend | \ ˌsü-p(ə-)rin-ˈtend How to pronounce superintend (audio) , ˌsü-pərn- \
superintended; superintending; superintends

Definition of superintend

transitive verb

: to have or exercise the charge and oversight of : direct

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Examples of superintend in a Sentence

superintends the construction of all scenery at the summer theater homeschooling parents who superintend their children's education
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First Known Use of superintend

1564, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for superintend

Late Latin superintendere, from Latin super- + intendere to stretch out, direct — more at intend

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“Superintend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of superintend

formal : to direct or manage (something, such as a project or activity)


su·​per·​in·​tend | \ ˌsü-pər-in-ˈtend How to pronounce superintend (audio) \
superintended; superintending

Kids Definition of superintend

: to have or exercise the charge of Mr. Trelawney had taken up his residence … to superintend the work upon the schooner.— Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island

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