su·​per·​vise | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌvīz How to pronounce supervise (audio) \
supervised; supervising

Definition of supervise

transitive verb

: to be in charge of : superintend, oversee supervise a large staff supervised the ship's daily operations

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Examples of supervise in a Sentence

The builder supervised the construction of the house. She supervises a staff of 30 workers.

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The document also identifies the supervising officer and the offense a suspect was charged with. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Police Department ramps up use of streetlamp video cameras, ACLU raises surveillance concerns," 5 Aug. 2019 The five-month program requires participants to establish and complete goals outlined and supervised by staff with Project Remand. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "State representative who shoved guard at St. Paul hotel bar avoids conviction, enters diversion program instead," 27 June 2019 Nicholas Zuckerman, 25, will serve his prison time and then a subsequent three years of supervised release, the US Attorney's Office in Massachusetts announced Thursday. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Man who threatened to shoot and bomb a Harvard commencement for black students sentenced to prison," 19 July 2019 In one high-profile case, however, a supervising CBP officer was arrested in Los Angeles on federal weapons charges for dealing guns. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Border officers are arrested 5 times more often than other US law enforcement," 16 July 2019 Plus, that buyer’s agent presumably works under a supervising sales manager, who in turn operates under a broker-of-record. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Should sellers listen to their gut on no-contingency deal with buyer/agent?," 11 July 2019 Sean Jeffrey Haga, 33, was also sentenced to a life term of supervised release., "Bandon man gets 30 years in prison for sexually abusing 2-month-old girl," 27 June 2019 The supervising physician must have a DEA waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, a spokeswoman said. STAT, "In national first, N.J. program will let paramedics administer buprenorphine," 26 June 2019 Mock is a co-executive producer, writer and director on the series, while Our Lady J is a supervising producer, and Kay, Lou Eyrich and Tanase Popa are producers. Will Thorne,, "‘Pose’ renewed for Season 3 at FX," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of supervise

circa 1645, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for supervise

Medieval Latin supervisus, past participle of supervidēre, from Latin super- + vidēre to see — more at wit

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English Language Learners Definition of supervise

: to be in charge of (someone or something) : to watch and direct (someone or something)


su·​per·​vise | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌvīz How to pronounce supervise (audio) \
supervised; supervising

Kids Definition of supervise

: to coordinate and direct the activities of Who will supervise the workers while you are away?

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a period when something is suspended

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