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 Meanwhile, the manager who supervised both workers and had been assigned in February to work from home has been returned to work in a Department of Human Services office., "Oregon caseworkers accused of sex in presence of foster child: 1 has resigned, 1 no longer being paid," 6 July 2019 But Epstein, who is supervising sweeping changes in the player development, scouting and medical departments, doesn’t want a duplication of 2016. Mark Gonzales,, "David Ross isn’t dwelling on the past as he takes over as Cubs manager: ‘It’s not about 2016’," 27 Oct. 2019 Most of the migrants were detained but some escaped, said Rosibel Lopez Gomez, who supervises the Jesus Good Shepard migrant shelter in Tapachula. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "Mexico blocks caravan, 2 African migrants drown as immigration crackdown intensifies," 18 Oct. 2019 Eric Chisem, who supervises the calendar for the school district, said the staff committee that plans school calendars will make sure the day is designated from now on. Lois K. Solomon,, "Feb. 14 will be half-day for all Broward students in honor of Parkland victims," 16 Oct. 2019 The new gun violence task force is helping St. Paul investigators put together the pieces on the recent homicides and shootings, said Lentsch, who supervises the F.O.R.C.E. unit. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, "‘Shots fired’ have St. Paul police on alert after spate of gun violence," 15 Sep. 2019 Robert Bell, who supervises the economic crimes squad at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, said speed in reporting a problem is critical. Kate Santich,, "Cyber-crime hotline launches for Central Florida victims," 12 Sep. 2019 Jared Lowe, who supervises the department's Employee Assistance Unit., "Police shootings in Arizona," 10 Sep. 2019 Judge Dennis Montali, who is supervising PG&E’s $51.69 billion federal bankruptcy filing, ruled that a state court is the correct venue to determine PG&E’s potentially liability in connection with a deadly blaze known as the Tubbs Fire. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "PG&E must face Tubbs wildfire victims in state court: bankruptcy ruling," 16 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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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 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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to speed up the process or progress of

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