oversee

verb
over·​see | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsē How to pronounce oversee (audio) \
oversaw\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈsȯ How to pronounce oversee (audio) \; overseen\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈsēn How to pronounce oversee (audio) \; overseeing

Definition of oversee

transitive verb

1 : survey, watch From his hilltop home he can oversee the river below.
2a : inspect, examine oversees all new machinery
b : to watch over and direct (an undertaking, a group of workers, etc.) in order to ensure a satisfactory outcome or performance : supervise was hired to oversee the design and construction of the new library oversaw 20 employees

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Examples of oversee in a Sentence

He was hired to oversee design and construction of the new facility. will oversee the new manufacturing division
Recent Examples on the Web If Moorhead doesn’t return on Friday (7:30 p.m., ESPN), Mastro will call the plays and a different staff member will oversee the running back rotation. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 12 Oct. 2021 In South Dakota, now considered a top destination for global wealth, trust companies oversee more than $360 billion in assets, state data shows. Debbie Cenziper, Will Fitzgibbon, Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Oct. 2021 In South Dakota, now considered a top destination for global wealth, trust companies oversee more than $360 billion in assets, state data shows. Washington Post, 3 Oct. 2021 Bankruptcy, however, would allow a city protection from its creditors while a judge helps oversee its finances. John Caniglia, cleveland, 3 Oct. 2021 Kaplan then charged him with defying court orders in the racketeering case Chevron brought against him, but couldn’t oversee that trial himself. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 1 Oct. 2021 The Vermont State Police has its first director of mental health programs to help coordinate and oversee the delivery of mental health services to people who come into contact with state police, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2021 The Thoroughbred Club, which is a separate entity from the fairgrounds, would hire the sports book operator and oversee the partnership. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 In his new position, Menéndez-Pidal will continue running WCM Spain but will also oversee the company’s operations in Italy. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, 17 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of oversee

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Oversee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversee. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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oversee

verb

English Language Learners Definition of oversee

: to watch and direct (an activity, a group of workers, etc.) in order to be sure that a job is done correctly : supervise

oversee

verb
over·​see | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsē How to pronounce oversee (audio) \
oversaw\ -​ˈsȯ \; overseen\ -​ˈsēn \; overseeing

Kids Definition of oversee

: to be in charge of : supervise

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