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.
Recent Examples on the Web Under the new law, the corrections commissioner can place women who are pregnant or have just given birth into community alternatives such as halfway houses, supervise them and provide them treatment for up to one year post-birth. Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune, 29 May 2021 At elementary schools, this even means teachers will not supervise students during lunch or recess., 12 May 2021 The hope is that the museum remains will provide the nucleus for an ongoing paleontology program at Gafsa University; Mr. Bazzi has been helping to supervise interested students. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2021 The team debated doing a full clinical trial, says Nauriyal, who was then helping supervise Henry Ford’s ICU. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, 16 Mar. 2021 Lewis worked in a building that housed an alternative high school but didn't supervise any students, Peterson said. Felicia Fonseca, The Arizona Republic, 10 Mar. 2021 The lawsuit contends that MassMutual and its brokerage arm did not properly supervise Gill, who was an employee until a few weeks ago. Matthew Goldstein,, 17 Feb. 2021 If teachers work remotely, the district will still need substitute teachers or other staff to supervise students in classrooms. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Dec. 2020 The number of classes and available staff to supervise and clean could be limiting factors, Beutner said. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021

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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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7 Jun 2021

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“Supervise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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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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