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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Dillon said Crenshaw has no prior felony convictions and will serve a period of court supervision including several conditions following his prison term. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Chicago man pleads guilty to firing shots during 2017 dispute in Antioch Township," 8 May 2018 That test hinged on roughly 10 factors, like the amount of supervision and whether the worker could be fired without cause. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "California Court Ruling Could Be Major Blow to ‘Gig Economy’ Firms," 1 May 2018 Such a move would hand the power for supervision of systemically important lenders and their possible wind-up in the event of crises to the ECB., "Bulgaria Reluctant to Seek ECB Scrutiny Before Euro Entry," 29 Mar. 2018 Jail monitors appointed by U.S. Judge Lance Africk, who oversees the consent decree, repeatedly criticized the sheriff's office for insufficient supervision of inmates. Emily Lane,, "Orleans deputies get a raise, now make living wage," 10 Jan. 2018 Though there are alternatives to detention – like using ankle monitors or community supervision – that have proven to be successful and cost-effective, the Trump administration is focused primarily on locking migrants up. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Returns to ‘Catch and Release’ for Migrant Families – But Maybe Not for Long," 11 July 2018 Many people who saw the video commented that the child needed better parental supervision. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "OP sculpture that boy 'hugged' wasn't appraised. His family's insurance paid $107,000," 9 July 2018 Along with laying the groundwork for planetary protection, the Outer Space Treaty also addresses something called continuing supervision. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA needs to update its rules on how to keep the Solar System clean, report says," 5 July 2018 Although the pool is closed, children were seen swimming without supervision Wednesday afternoon. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Slight in Del Paso Heights? Grant’s pool closed for summer, and residents aren’t happy," 29 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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