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oversee

[ oh-ver-see ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈsi /
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verb (used with object), o·ver·saw, o·ver·seen, o·ver·see·ing.

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.

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Origin of oversee

before 900; Middle English overseen,Old English ofersēon.See over-, see1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH oversee

overlook, oversee , oversight
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British Dictionary definitions for oversee

oversee
/ (ˌəʊvəˈsiː) /

verb -sees, -seeing, -saw or -seen (tr)

to watch over and direct; supervise
to watch secretly or accidentally
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