- 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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It is labor directed by overseeing and commanding skill and knowledge.
He never employed any overseers as he done his own overseeing.Slave Narratives, Oklahoma
Marcus was out on some remote part of the estate, overseeing his slaves.Aurelian
The forenoon was employed in labor and overseeing the work on his plantations.From Farm House to the White House
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Usually he enjoyed being out with the troops, overseeing their training.The Saracen: The Holy War
- to watch over and direct; supervise
- to watch secretly or accidentally
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Word Origin and History for overseeing
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