[ soo-per-in-tend, soo-prin- ]
/ ˌsu pər ɪnˈtɛnd, ˌsu prɪn- /

verb (used with object)

to oversee and direct (work, processes, etc.).
to exercise supervision over (an institution, district, place, etc.).

Origin of superintend

From the Late Latin word superintendere, dating back to 1605–15. See super-, intend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for superintend

/ (ˌsuːpərɪnˈtɛnd, ˌsuːprɪn-) /


to undertake the direction or supervision (of); manage

Derived forms of superintend

superintendence, noun

Word Origin for superintend

C17: from Church Latin superintendere, from Latin super- + intendere to give attention to
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