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 But as a city kid, Bravo enjoyed a newfound lack of supervision and the independence that came with it. New York Times, 16 June 2021 Andrea Enria, the head of banking supervision at the European Central Bank, warned that about 40% of eurozone banks haven’t properly recognized loans that are unlikely to be repaid. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, 13 June 2021 The lawsuit also alleged that negligent training and a lack of supervision contributed to Sterling’s death. Washington Post, 12 June 2021 There are important and urgent things to watch closely from quarter to quarter; and there are even more important investments that don’t need the same type of quarterly supervision because their timeline between execution and result is much longer. Expert Panel, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Conviction on each count can bring a sentence of three years in prison plus three years of supervision. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 May 2021 Allegations of mismanagement and lack of supervision are paramount in the lawsuit, but DOJ also sites the decaying conditions with defective plumbing, broken locks, and blind spots because of building design. Mike Cason |, al, 21 May 2021 While middle school students also have the benefit of daily supervision from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., both middle and high school students have a half-time on-campus academic schedule that includes no in-person instruction. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021 He was sentenced to six months of community supervision. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of supervision

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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20 Jun 2021

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“Supervision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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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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