su·​per·​vi·​sion | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈvi-zhən \

Definition of supervision

: the action, process, or occupation of supervising especially : a critical watching and directing (as of activities or a course of action)

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Examples of supervision in a Sentence

Young children need constant supervision. She's responsible for the supervision of a large staff.

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The principal of one of New York City’s top public schools, Brooklyn Technical High School, beefed up supervision of boys’ bathrooms this week after finding racist and anti-Semitic imagery inside them, emails show. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Racist and Anti-Semitic Imagery Scrawled in Elite New York City School’s Bathrooms," 31 Jan. 2019 To get extended supervision, Ramirez ordered him to pay $1,150 payable to the Waukesha narcotics and vice unit and $268 in court costs. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "West Allis man get 6 years in prison for selling heroin that killed 20-year-old," 11 July 2018 Marvin Lamielli, may have failed to provide proper supervision of Page. Staff,, "Comment here on court and crime stories for Monday, April 30, 2018," 30 Apr. 2018 It orders increased supervision of officers, enhanced civilian oversight of the department, more training in de-escalation tactics, and more transparency. Kevin Rector,, "First court hearing since beginning of Baltimore Police consent decree scheduled Friday morning," 13 Apr. 2018 They are also disappointed that under Randal Quarles, the Fed’s vice chairman for supervision, there haven’t been more dramatic regulatory changes, even though Mr. Quarles has worked to simplify several postcrisis rules. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "Nellie Liang Withdraws From Consideration for Fed Board Seat," 7 Jan. 2019 Now, after the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday, September 8, and tonight’s primetime awards, Sherman-Palladino has four Emmys for her new Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — for music supervision, writing, directing, and comedy series. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Winners: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Netflix, and old people. Losers: Atlanta and The Handmaid’s Tale.," 18 Sep. 2018 Her experience includes supervision, leasing and building operations for commercial mid- and high-rise offices, retail properties, hospitality and medical real estate assets. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "Business Briefs for the Week of July 6-13," 7 July 2018 Immigration advocates contend that the intensive supervision — frequent appointments at ICE and ankle monitors — is intrusive and criminalizing. NBC News, "This Obama-era pilot program kept asylum-seeking migrant families together. Trump canceled it.," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of supervision

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of supervision

: the action or process of watching and directing what someone does or how something is done : the action or process of supervising someone or something


su·​per·​vi·​sion | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈvi-zhən \

Kids Definition of supervision

: the act of overseeing : management … she was a bit nervous about using the oven without any adult supervision.— Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator

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a servile follower or underling

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