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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While students will always be under the supervision of Scherr or an attorney, they’ll still be involved in different aspects of every case, Scherr said. Fleming Smith, ajc, "UGA’s School of Law opens free legal clinic for veterans," 9 July 2018 They are nurtured under the supervision of Dr. Kevin Blankenship, the founder of Jacob’s Ladder. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "3 Sobering Documentaries on Netflix, Fandor and Field of Vision," 5 July 2018 Atrium says steps it's taken to ensure a smooth transition include conducting drills with the new doctors and Atrium's nurse anesthetists — specialists trained to administer anesthesia under the supervision of a physician. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Atrium nears big change with its anesthesiologists. Here's what patients should expect," 19 June 2018 Shifting its focus to new protagonists has the potential to offer fresh perspectives, and while still under the supervision of the original’s director Kazuya Tsurumaki, FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative employ a different creative staff as well. Stephen Scaife, The Verge, "Cult favorite anime FLCL is back with new episodes — but 15 years later, the original still shines," 2 June 2018 The Florida Department of Corrections on Thursday released a batch of records documenting its supervision of Lindsey, who was on probation for a 2008 arson arrest in Volusia County. Jeff Weiner,, "Gary Wayne Lindsey pledged self-improvement days before killing 4 kids, shooting cop: records," 28 June 2018 This isn’t the first time Shiloh has faced allegations of mistreating children under its supervision. Brooke Bunce, Teen Vogue, "Immigrant Children Were Drugged at a Shelter, Lawsuit Says," 20 June 2018 There will be a special Get On The Air (GOTA) station where anyone can talk on the radio, under the supervision of a licensed ham. Tracy Trobridge, Howard County Times, "Come check out world of ham radio at field day [Glenwood/Glenelg/Dayton]," 14 June 2018 While most inmates wouldn’t fully express themselves under the supervision of our prison escort, a woman getting a haircut on the last day of her sentence did., "Makeup in Lockup: Beauty, Power, & Danger in Women's Prisons," 2 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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