su·per·vise | \ˈsü-pər-ˌvīz \
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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This reporting project was supervised by professors Peter Slevin and Patti Wolter., "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018 Such sales would still be supervised by the State Department, because M4s fire machine gun-style bursts. Annie Linskey,, "Donald Trump wants to make foreign arms sales easier," 23 June 2018 Under federal occupational safety regulations, however, all work must be supervised by a person qualified to evaluate dangerous conditions, including unsafe soil conditions. Yvonne Wenger,, "Investigation into fatal trench collapse at Baltimore park could take weeks," 8 June 2018 If convicted, the charge carries a potential sentence of up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Avon man used 4chan to threaten white supremacists after Charlottesville, authorities say," 8 June 2018 At the time of Berumen's death, Gordon was on supervised felony probation. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Police seek 3rd suspect in fatal 2017 shooting in Spenard," 6 June 2018 The distribution charge alone carries up to 20 years in prison, according to federal prosecutors, followed by at least three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Morgue driver sold drugs from his van — and confessed at an overdose death, New Orleans cops say," 5 June 2018 Beth Krause, a supervising lawyer at the Legal Aid Society’s Immigrant Youth Project, said in a statement to Reuters. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Children Separated from Their Parents at the U.S.-Mexico Border Deserve Mental Health Treatment, Lawsuit Says," 13 July 2018 About 100 supervised injection sites have opened in Canada, Australia and Europe over the past 30 years. Washington Post, "‘It keeps us safe’: An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses," 13 July 2018

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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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The first known use of supervise was circa 1645

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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 \
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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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