[ oh-ver-sahyt ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌsaɪt /


an omission or error due to carelessness: My bank statement is full of oversights.
unintentional failure to notice or consider; lack of proper attention: Owing to my oversight, the letter was sent unsigned.
supervision; watchful care: a person responsible for the oversight of the organization.

Nearby words

  1. overshoe,
  2. overshoot,
  3. overshot,
  4. overshot wheel,
  5. overside,
  6. oversimplification,
  7. oversimplify,
  8. oversize,
  9. oversized,
  10. overskirt

Origin of oversight

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at over-, sight

Can be confusedoverlook oversee oversight

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British Dictionary definitions for oversight


/ (ˈəʊvəˌsaɪt) /


an omission or mistake, esp one made through failure to notice something
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Word Origin and History for oversight



"supervision," early 14c., from over- + sight. Meaning "omission of notice, fact of passing over without seeing" attested from late 15c.; cf. oversee.

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