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oversee

[oh-ver-see] /ˌoʊ vərˈsi/
verb (used with object), oversaw, overseen, overseeing.
1.
to direct (work or workers); supervise; manage:
He was hired to oversee the construction crews.
2.
to see or observe secretly or unintentionally:
We happened to oversee the burglar leaving the premises. He was overseen stealing the letters.
3.
to survey or watch, as from a higher position.
4.
to look over; examine; inspect.
Origin of oversee
900
before 900; Middle English overseen, Old English ofersēon. See over-, see1
Can be confused
overlook, oversee, oversight.
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  • I tried to get him to oversee the mill for me, but, after our trouble, he refused to do anything about it.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • He had to go away one time and he hired a white man to oversee while he was gone.

  • He used to oversee my place on the lake, and did it capitally, too.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Take charge of the marketing, or oversee the housekeeping for a year.

    Girls and Women Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • We will not be able to oversee the work, that is a drawback.

    The Skylark of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
British Dictionary definitions for oversee

oversee

/ˌəʊvəˈsiː/
verb (transitive) -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
1.
to watch over and direct; supervise
2.
to watch secretly or accidentally
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Word Origin and History for oversee
v.

Old English oferseon "to look down upon, keep watch over, survey, observe;" see over + see (v.). Meaning "to supervise" is attested from mid-15c. The verb lacks the double sense of similar overlook, but this emerges in the noun form oversight. Related: Oversaw; overseen.

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