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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Sood was fined $25,000 but was not sentenced to prison or forced to be supervised by probation authorities., "Sun players make WNBA All-Defensive team," 13 Sep. 2019 School district officials told Los Angeles news station KTLA that Manny was being supervised by an aide at the time of the accident, who tried to stop him from operating the golf cart. Georgia Slater,, "15-Year-Old California Student Dies After an On-Campus Golf Cart Crash," 12 Sep. 2019 Dunn took the study group through one dorm with more than 300 inmates that is sometimes supervised by just one or two officers, Dunn said. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama prison study group to turn to sentence reforms next," 5 Sep. 2019 The automobile club recommends that governments increase use of red light cameras directly supervised by authorities in order to boost enforcement where needed and not to raise revenue., "Deaths caused by drivers running red lights at 10-year high," 29 Aug. 2019 In the short run Mr Macron hopes to revive peace talks between Russia and Ukraine, supervised by France and Germany. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron reclaims France’s international role," 29 Aug. 2019 Students evacuated to the park were being supervised by school staff, officials said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gompers Preparatory Academy reports threatening call on first day of classes," 26 Aug. 2019 It has been built by DMRC and supervised by E Sreedharan, popularly known as India’s metro man for leading and launching metro in Delhi. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "As India readies an underwater line, here’s a look at its various metro networks," 12 Aug. 2019 The Farside Array would use the techniques pioneered by the LUNAR consortium: small rovers laying out a total of 128 dipole antennas across an area 10 kilometers wide, supervised by astronauts in lunar orbit. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Could humanity’s return to the moon spark a new age of lunar telescopes?," 18 July 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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