over·​sight | \ ˈō-vər-ˌsīt How to pronounce oversight (audio) \

Definition of oversight

1a : watchful and responsible care you to whom oversight of the University is entrusted— N. M. Pusey
b : regulatory supervision congressional oversight The new manager was given oversight of the project.
2 : an inadvertent omission or error whether by oversight or intention— G. B. Shaw The error was a simple oversight.

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Examples of oversight in a Sentence

The fact that you didn't get an invitation is surely just an oversight. The error was a simple oversight. The new manager was given oversight of the project.
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Recent Examples on the Web Evidence, however, suggests more oversight is needed in certain regions. Anurag Kotoky, Fortune, 15 Oct. 2021 Throughout Trump's term, the White House resisted Congress' oversight role and requests for documents and testimony at almost every turn. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 15 Oct. 2021 Blount, instead of taking to the streets in protest, chose to try his own route for making change, going straight to the body that provides oversight to the Detroit Police Department, the body known as the Board of Police Commissioners. Detroit Free Press, 15 Oct. 2021 Gould also said Hopkins failed to provide accurate information to the development corporation’s board of trustees, which sought to provide oversight. John Caniglia, cleveland, 14 Oct. 2021 Among the measures, Parker sought to expand the board’s oversight to include medical workers inside the county’s jails and juvenile detention facilities. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 The city has planning jurisdiction oversight on the two properties, but the county does not have proactive zoning maps to dictate where development can or cannot occur. al, 14 Oct. 2021 The commissioners stripped Wilkins of his budget oversight authority in 2019 and assigned it to a new budget officer under their direction — something the audit criticized the county for as an obfuscation of accountability. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Oct. 2021 Rikers, which has been housing inmates for decades on the 400-acre complex, is famous for a lack of oversight and violence. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 13 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of oversight

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Oversight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversight. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oversight

: a mistake made because someone forgets or fails to notice something
: the act or job of directing work that is being done


over·​sight | \ ˈō-vər-ˌsīt How to pronounce oversight (audio) \

Kids Definition of oversight

1 : the act or duty of overseeing : watchful care He was assigned oversight of the project.
2 : an error or something forgotten through carelessness or haste It was surely an oversight that you weren't invited.

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