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 Local personnel, typically local health department officials, will enforce the regulations under state supervision. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo announces return of restrictions for areas with coronavirus flare-ups," 7 Oct. 2020 The court put limits on law enforcement’s ability to obtain such data directly from cellphone carriers without court supervision. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Tax Agency Watchdog Is Investigating IRS Use of Cellphone Location Data," 6 Oct. 2020 The Mets subsequently hired him, and youngsters Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith have prospered under Davis' supervision. Mark Gonzales,, "World Series hangover to just over? After another Chicago Cubs playoff dud, a look at what’s gone wrong since their 2016 championship run.," 4 Oct. 2020 More than 50 attorneys have asked the Florida Supreme Court to waive the exam requirement and allow the applicants to practice law after working six months under supervision, citing stress and financial hardship caused by the delay. Monivette Cordeiro,, "Law school graduates wait, worry amid delays in Florida Bar exam," 25 Sep. 2020 The franchise, Taiwo said, is designing a program where students can come and do their lessons under supervision at Urban Air, have lunch and use the equipment during their breaks and after school. Katie V. Jones,, "Urban Air Adventure Park cautiously launches location in Laurel amid coronavirus pandemic," 24 Sep. 2020 Individuals collect their own nasal swabs under supervision—often by students from the university’s College of Nursing and its School of Public Health and Health Sciences, Hescock says. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "COVID-19 Testing Lab Shows How Colleges Can Reopen Safely," 23 Sep. 2020 Using staff efficiently, the students are taught to do their own nasal swabs under supervision. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Climate change, diversity training, COVID-19," 14 Sep. 2020 As of this writing, the fire has injured 63 naval personnel and civilians—none seriously—with most already discharged from medical supervision. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The USS Bonhomme Richard Is Still Burning," 16 July 2020

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First Known Use of supervision

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 Oct 2020

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“Supervision.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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