to oversee (a process, work, workers, etc.) during execution or performance; superintend; have the oversight and direction of.
Origin of supervise
1580–90; < Medieval Latinsupervīsus (past participle of supervidēre to oversee), equivalent to super-super- + vid-, stem of vidēre to see + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s; see vision, wit2
Related formsnon·su·per·vis·ing, adjectivepre·su·per·vise, verb (used with object),pre·su·per·vised,pre·su·per·vis·ing.qua·si-su·per·vised, adjectiveun·su·per·vised, adjectivewell-su·per·vised, adjective
1580s, "to look over," from Medieval Latin supervisus, past participle of supervidere "oversee, inspect," from Latin super "over" (see super-) + videre "see" (see vision). Meaning "to oversee and superintend the work or performance of others" is attested from 1640s. Related: Supervised; supervising.