su·​per·​vi·​sion ˌsü-pər-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce supervision (audio)
: the action, process, or occupation of supervising
especially : a critical watching and directing (as of activities or a course of action)

Examples of supervision in a Sentence

Young children need constant supervision. She's responsible for the supervision of a large staff.
Recent Examples on the Web After 18 days under medical care and supervision, Alves died. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 6 Apr. 2024 Auditor of State Keith Faber's office will put together a financial planning and supervision commission that will work with Mount Healthy's school board and the community to develop a plan to eliminate the deficit within four months. The Enquirer, 5 Apr. 2024 In addition to her consecutive prison sentences, Judge Kenneth Ballard imposed a 50-year supervision order and prohibited Napier from visiting her children, West Virginia Metro News reports. Nicole Acosta, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Meanwhile, our freedom of expression was not protected and the supervision department did a lot to delete negative news, critical comments, and so on. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 Assists with administration and coordination of county projects from inception through completion, including supervision of staff, and inspection of projects which include reviewing documents and ensuring compliance with applicable laws and codes. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 29 Mar. 2024 The lawsuit alleges Ortega was allowed to treat patients throughout it with no supervision. Dan Rosenzweig-Ziff, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 Often this supervision arrived in the form of informal cooking lessons, teaching the basics. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 These disposable plastic packets are sort of like Capri-Suns filled with blends of pureed fruits and vegetables: A screw-top cap makes for easy slurping, potentially even making supervision unnecessary. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of supervision was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Supervision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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su·​per·​vi·​sion ˌsü-pər-ˈvizh-ən How to pronounce supervision (audio)
: the act of supervising
especially : a critical watching and directing (as of activities)

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