su·​per·​vi·​sion | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈvi-zhən How to pronounce supervision (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Blue Hens are working under the supervision of UD’s medical/training staff. Andy Walter, Washington Post, "Some University of Delaware athletes return for workouts," 28 June 2020 In addition to firing the previous coaching staff, UK moved the cheerleading team, which is not a NCAA sport, under supervision of the athletics department. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "UK hires new cheerleading coach to take over program after hazing scandal," 24 June 2020 Deficient health care — along with rampant violence, overcrowding and racial segregation — led to a federal consent decree in 1983 and supervision by a federal judge of reforms across the state corrections system. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Inside the U.S.’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison, COVID-19 Raged. Outside, Officials Called Their Fight a Success.," 24 June 2020 Currently, patients can only receive the drug by IV infusion provided under the supervision of medical experts. Alice Park, Time, "Gilead Is Testing an Inhalable Form of Intravenous Remdesivir," 23 June 2020 That left teammates on their own volition to practice and organize workouts with one another outside of team supervision. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "NFLPA medical director advises players to halt group workouts due to some states' COVID spikes," 20 June 2020 The pandemic has created a nightmare scenario for coaches, with players spending the last four months living and training on their own and not under team supervision. Ben Volin,, "Here is what the NFL and NFLPA need to figure out before training camps open," 20 June 2020 Battery to a law enforcement officer carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison, plus three years of extended supervision. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Shorewood woman accused of spitting on a Black teenager wants to meet with the victim to apologize, attorney says," 18 June 2020 Patients test themselves under the supervision of a health care worker. Catherine Ho,, "Don’t want a long swab up your nose? Bay Area coronavirus test sites are trying alternatives," 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of supervision

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jul 2020

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“Supervision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce supervision (audio) \

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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