supervise

verb su·per·vise \ ˈsü-pər-ˌvīz \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of supervise

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

  1. The builder supervised the construction of the house.

  2. She supervises a staff of 30 workers.

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Origin and Etymology of supervise

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


SUPERVISE Defined for English Language Learners

supervise

verb

Definition of supervise for English Language Learners

  • : to be in charge of (someone or something) : to watch and direct (someone or something)


SUPERVISE Defined for Kids

supervise

verb su·per·vise \ ˈsü-pər-ˌvīz \

Definition of supervise for Students

supervised; supervising
:to coordinate and direct the activities of
  • Who will supervise the workers while you are away?


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