supervision

noun su·per·vi·sion \ ˌsü-pər-ˈvi-zhən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of supervision

:the action, process, or occupation of supervising; especially :a critical watching and directing (as of activities or a course of action)

Examples of supervision in a Sentence

  1. Young children need constant supervision.

  2. She's responsible for the supervision of a large staff.

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First Known Use of supervision

15th century


SUPERVISION Defined for English Language Learners

supervision

noun

Definition of supervision for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

supervision

noun su·per·vi·sion \ ˌsü-pər-ˈvi-zhən \

Definition of supervision for Students

: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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