supervision

noun
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)

Keep scrolling for more

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

Joined by mastermind Analyst Kristen Chazal, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, and under the supervision of Special Agent in Charge Dana Mosier, the unit works to solve complicated cases in the name of national security. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Is 'FBI' Renewed for a Second Season? Here's Everything We Know," 30 Apr. 2019 The article included an update that the actor and model was allegedly released from medical care and was reportedly at home under the supervision of her team. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Paris Jackson Slams Reports That She Attempted Suicide," 19 Mar. 2019 The article included an update that the actor and model was allegedly released from medical care and was reportedly at home under the supervision of her team. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Paris Jackson Denies Reports That She Attempted Suicide," 17 Mar. 2019 The lawmaker said that Congressional supervision of the agency had been lacking during the Trump administration. WSJ, "Meet the New Agenda Setters in the House," 7 Nov. 2018 For now, the government said the two CRISPR babies and the third on the way are under medical supervision, with regular visits by government health officials, according to AP. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Is the CRISPR baby controversy the start of a terrifying new chapter in gene editing?," 22 Jan. 2019 The group not on opioids tried an average of four pain medications, requiring careful trial and error under close medical supervision. Stacey Burling, Philly.com, "Lost in the battle to create fewer new patients addicted to opioids: Longtime pain patients," 24 May 2018 Kennedy — who was already under federal supervision for a previous crime — reportedly cut off his ankle bracelet, used makeup to appear black, and robbed a cashier in a cash cage at the casino in the early morning hours of Jan. 10. Monique Judge, The Root, "Your 1st Mistake Was Robbing a Casino on the Strip in Blackface," 13 Mar. 2018 Of course, like so many of his fellow A-listers, Rudd's skin-care and self-care routines are probably a mix of insanely expensive products and near-constant dermatologic supervision and access. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Paul Rudd Finally Shares His Skin-Care Secrets," 25 Mar. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'supervision.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of supervision

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about supervision

Statistics for supervision

Last Updated

19 May 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for supervision

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for supervision

supervision

noun

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

supervision

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on supervision

What made you want to look up supervision? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

using a distributed computer network

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!