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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Nathaniel went from homeless to housed, from isolation to supervision. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A homeless musician changed my life. I wish I could do more to change his," 15 Sep. 2019 The judge agreed to impose a three-year term of court supervision, but did not include the specific restrictions the prosecutor requested. Washington Post, "In court, D.C. man disavows his white-nationalist views and ‘darkest corners’ of social media," 13 Sep. 2019 Still, the city quietly paid out roughly $750,000 to settle lawsuits filed by the three women and Ivanoff's family over its hiring and supervision of Owens, according to lawyers for the plaintiffs. Victoria Mckenzie, Anchorage Daily News, "Native women in Nome say police ignored rapes or failed to thoroughly investigate them," 12 Sep. 2019 Parents are responsible for making arrangements for, bearing the cost of, and providing supervision fora dismissed student's immediate travel home, even in situations that require extended international travel. National Geographic, "Admission Details," 10 Sep. 2019 Rapper Meek Mill, who has spent most of his adult life in jail or under court supervision due to minor charges. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for August 28: Jeffrey Epstein, immigration, Dorian, VA, Amazon," 28 Aug. 2019 Mill — born Robert Rihmeek Williams — has been under court supervision since 2007, when authorities charged him with assault, drug and gun possession. Chris Harris,, "All Criminal Charges Dropped Against Meek Mill After Plea Deal, Ending 12-Year Legal Saga," 27 Aug. 2019 That’s a program that lets first-time offenders resolve their cases by agreeing to be under court supervision and paying fines, among other alternatives. Juan Ortega,, "Deadly delivery: Suspect in vicious Boca murder has had run-ins with the law before," 23 Aug. 2019 The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the state public defender's office was overseeing the review of all 2,707 cases before Scioto County Common Pleas Court Judge William T. Marshall, 62, which involved prison time or other court supervision. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Thousands of court cases under review in Ohio after former judge allegedly came to work drunk," 17 June 2019

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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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