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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Monica Morgan, 55, was sentenced in U.S. District in Detroit to 18 months in prison, one year supervised release and a $25,000 fine. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of UAW VP Holiefield gets 18 months in federal corruption case," 13 July 2018 They also were supposed to have staff in the recreation area supervising the campers and ensuring rules were being followed. Dave Altimari,, "Family of Two Children Files Lawsuit Against Campground After Alleged Sexual Assault," 12 July 2018 The little girl is now 16 months old and has supervised visits with her parents in custody, the newspaper reported. Fox News, "Couple who prayed for healing plead guilty in baby's death," 10 July 2018 Barajas’ regular duties as vice president, Blanshard wrote, included planning, organizing, administering and supervising instruction programs, curriculum development and evaluation. Rosanna Xia,, "L.A. Trade-Tech administrators received $157,000 for work they failed to justify, investigation finds," 8 July 2018 She and her brother, Bradley Harris Lebow, who also lives in Baltimore, said her father enjoyed his time running the clothing plant and supervising its nearly 300 employees. Jacques Kelly,, "Harry P. Lebow, real estate executive and clothing designer, dies," 7 July 2018 The influx, however, has raised concerns that the industry is poorly supervised. James Hookway, WSJ, "Dozens Missing After Tourist Boat Capsizes in Thailand," 6 July 2018 Many will be employed supervising drones from the ground. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 2018 Be sure children are aware of this and supervised until all embers are burned and the temperature returns to normal. NBC News, "Injuries from backyard fire pits on the rise, experts warn," 29 June 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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