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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Holmstedt was also ordered to serve 30 years of supervised release following his prison term. Fox News, "Texas man who sent undercover investigators child porn sentenced to 34 years in prison," 4 Sep. 2019 All were racially stratified, with a small number of white owners and managers supervising a nonwhite workforce. Wade Graham, Smithsonian, "Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai’i’s Islands," 31 Aug. 2019 Regulators have a role in supervising how they are marketed. The Economist, "Legal settlements alone will not solve America’s opioid crisis," 29 Aug. 2019 Yet the county’s inflationary costs and hours required for supervising offenders has gone up, said Erika Preuitt, director of the county’s Department of Community Justice., "Multnomah County officials sound alarm on inadequate state funding for jail deputies, probation officers," 27 Aug. 2019 Now, the class five felony consists of a higher sentencing, supervised probation and treatment and cannot be dropped to a misdemeanor. Alexa Fuenmayor, azcentral, "New animal cruelty legislation goes into effect Tuesday," 27 Aug. 2019 On the study’s experiments with women, endocannibanoids were activated particularly when women exercised a little out of their comfort zones, leading to conclusions that supervised incremental coaching can reduce depression symptoms over time. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 8/19-8/23," 23 Aug. 2019 Her decision comes mere days after the officer she was meant to be supervising was fired. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "NYPD Sergeant Who Oversaw Daniel Pantaleo Loses 20 Vacation Days," 22 Aug. 2019 Almost immediately, a federal judge in California named Dolly Gee, who is in charge of supervising the government’s compliance with Flores, blocked the Administration. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration’s Sustained Attack on the Rights of Immigrant Children," 22 Aug. 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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