[ oh-ver-see ]
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verb (used with object),o·ver·saw, o·ver·seen, o·ver·see·ing.
  1. to direct (work or workers); supervise; manage: He was hired to oversee the construction crews.

  2. to see or observe secretly or unintentionally: We happened to oversee the burglar leaving the premises. He was overseen stealing the letters.

  1. to survey or watch, as from a higher position.

  2. to look over; examine; inspect.

Origin of oversee

First recorded before 900; Middle English overseen, Old English ofersēon; equivalent to over- + see1

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How to use oversee in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for oversee


/ (ˌəʊvəˈsiː) /

verb-sees, -seeing, -saw or -seen (tr)
  1. to watch over and direct; supervise

  2. to watch secretly or accidentally

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