- to oversee and direct (work, processes, etc.).
- to exercise supervision over (an institution, district, place, etc.).
Origin of superintend
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supervise, manage, conduct, run; control.
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Examples from the Web for superintend
Nelson, who was appointed to superintend the evacuation, frustrated these projects.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
In 1882 he returned to New York, to superintend the installation of his system in that city.Heroes of the Telegraph
If a bridge was to be constructed, or a road repaired, he was sent for to superintend it.Cleveland Past and Present
I superintend the dairies; the butter and the cheese are the produce of my industry.Imogen
But now they would be needed to superintend the more delicate work.The Black Star Passes
John W Campbell
- to undertake the direction or supervision (of); manage
C17: from Church Latin superintendere, from Latin super- + intendere to give attention to
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Word Origin and History for superintend
1610s, from Church Latin superintendere (see superintendent). Related: Superintended; superintending.
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