- 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 oversees
A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, which oversees the conflicts in both the Middle East and Afghanistan, disputed this notion.Drone ‘Shortage’ Hampers ISIS War
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As Minister of Trade, he oversees TEPCO, which is attempting to put its profitable nuclear reactors back on-line.‘Whip it!’ Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet Of Horrors
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In addition to heading up NPI, he also publishes a journal, Radix, and oversees a small publishing house.A Racist’s Crazy Ski Resort Smackdown
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Over time, they want to hand Gaza over to the more moderate Palestinian Authority, which oversees the West Bank today.Senators: Take Gaza Away From Hamas
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“We have the most hilarious meetings,” says Coles, who oversees an editorial staff of 50 or so, including half a dozen men.Joanna Coles: Why Cosmopolitan Does Sexy and Serious So Well
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She oversees the housekeeping herself, and the cooking is perfect they say.
She bids me to send you this writing, and oversees the same.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
She oversees her own kitchen, and puts on her own hand and cooks, jest when she is a mind too.Samantha at the World's Fair
He oversees shooting oil-wells, too, and shoots 'em himself, sometimes.The Magnificent Ambersons
Dryburgh, the ruin in which is the tomb of Walter Scott, is shown by an intelligent man who oversees the place.
- to watch over and direct; supervise
- to watch secretly or accidentally
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Word Origin and History for oversees
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