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.

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David Armstrong, senior probation officer for the Middle District of Alabama, notified the court on Tuesday that Siegelman had complied with all the rules and regulations of supervised release and was no longer in need of supervision. Mike Cason |,, "Judge approves early end to former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman’s probation," 14 June 2019 Program assistants must be flexible and resourceful, willing to take ownership of tasks as well as be able to follow instructions and work independently without a lot of direct supervision. National Geographic, "Trip Leader Opportunities," 12 June 2019 Police reports showed a history of violence between staff and teens in the program, as well as lack of adequate supervision. Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Oregon foster care workers accused of sex in front of child in 7th month of leave," 11 June 2019 None can take the place, however, of proper supervision. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Here's what you need to know about dry drowning," 21 June 2018 The goals for Connor at this point are simple yet hard for him — move him into a classroom with other students and reduce his level of teacher supervision., "Raising Connor," 4 May 2018 He was released on Nov. 21 on an order of supervision. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Detained immigrant says he was roughed up by agents, denied pain medication," 12 Apr. 2018 Immigration lawyer Jessica Piedra said Mendez-Ramirez was allowed to live and work in the U.S. the past eight years under orders of supervision. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Facing deportation, family hopes tactics that worked for Jamal will save their father | The Kansas City Star," 10 Apr. 2018 The 18-year-old was ordered to serve 200 hours of community service and 18 months of supervision. Chris Scott, CNN, "Vicky Glover rebounds as Scotland's first female boxer to Commonwealth Games," 7 Apr. 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 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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