- to direct (work or workers); supervise; manage: He was hired to oversee the construction crews.
- to see or observe secretly or unintentionally: We happened to oversee the burglar leaving the premises. He was overseen stealing the letters.
- to survey or watch, as from a higher position.
- to look over; examine; inspect.
Origin of oversee
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Examples from the Web for oversee
But there is no comparable official to oversee efforts for freeing civilian hostages.Did U.S. Policy Get Luke Somers Killed?
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Russia was considering sending a group of observers to oversee the May 11 referendum, Russian news reported on Tuesday.A Putin Climb-Down on Ukraine?
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It also wants an unelected royal commission be appointed to oversee and implement such measures.Thailand: Into the Void
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Obamacare is just one example of the risks facing politicians who oversee major tech projects.Even the Most Powerful Man in the World Is at the Mercy of the IT Guy
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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
He had to go away one time and he hired a white man to oversee while he was gone.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
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
- to watch over and direct; supervise
- to watch secretly or accidentally
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Word Origin and History for oversee
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