- 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 overseen
He says, “They were overseen by the presidential administration,” adding that additional arrests are likely in the coming weeks.New Evidence: Russian Spies Backed Kiev's Killers
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The Daily Beast will be overseen by managing director Deidre Depke and executive editor John Avlon.Tina Brown’s Next Big Move
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Abbott testified that Williams had overseen the armory and that none of the weapons or anything else had ever gone missing.Mike McLelland Investigation Focuses on Those the D.A. Prosecuted
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Since 2006, the ATF has been overseen by revolving cast of acting directors, none of whom received official Senate confirmation.Who Is B. Todd Jones, and What Does the ATF Do, Anyway?
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He, presumably, would be the one who could have overseen any Secret Service investigation.Secret Service Targeted by Independent Watchdog
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She might have been overseen from the orchard, but no one ever went in there except to gather the fruit.Armorel of Lyonesse
He had overseen the construction of the launch and knew all about it from stem to stern.The Launch Boys' Cruise in the Deerfoot
Edward S. Ellis
An examination, however, overseen by Roger, and bitterly resented by him.Portia
Ay, sir, a good fellow may sometimes be overseen among friends.
It was overseen by the National Committee, consisting of twenty-four presidents of large international unions.The Great Steel Strike and its Lessons
William Z. Foster
- to watch over and direct; supervise
- to watch secretly or accidentally
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Word Origin and History for overseen
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