supervise

verb

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

transitive verb

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

Examples of supervise in a Sentence

The builder supervised the construction of the house. She supervises a staff of 30 workers.
Recent Examples on the Web Charles McGonigal, 55, supervised national security operations for the FBI in New York for nearly two years before his retirement in 2018. Michael Kunzelman The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 17 Feb. 2024 Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said her office doesn't oversee or supervise juvenile officers but officials from her office expect to be at the suspects' future hearings, which aren't open to the public. Alex Sundby, CBS News, 16 Feb. 2024 The judge’s comments punctuated a tense sentencing hearing for Johnson, 33, who pleaded guilty in September to one count of organizing, supervising and financing a gang and two counts of being in possession of large quantities of a mixture of drugs containing fentanyl. Alex Mann, Baltimore Sun, 13 Feb. 2024 The former judge had been accused of gross neglect of duty, gross partiality and oppression in office, lack of proper temperament and failure to supervise her office, according to a petition by John Kane, the chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Maham Javaid, Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2024 Clearly CPAs are not able to supervise every action taken by a taxpayer throughout the year, but this is another area in which crypto CPAs can offer direct advice as well as serving as an educational sounding board. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 The lawsuit had claimed excessive force, wrongful death and several actions against the city and its police leaders, including a failure to properly train and supervise officers. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024 But since then, as mothers across the country supervise the season’s final water fights and pack book bags, some have voiced the kind of doubts that few male pundits have dared raise on television. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Weaver, who supervised Equitable’s report on women, money, and relationships; Kassandra, who successfully navigated the aftermath of divorce and achieved financial stability; and Brandy Mickens, an executive vice president and financial advisor with Equitable Advisors. Ebony Flake, Essence, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supervise was circa 1645

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Cite this Entry

“Supervise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supervise. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

supervise

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

from Latin supervisus, past participle of supervidēre "to oversee," from super- "over, above" and vidēre "to see" — related to vision

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