[ soo-per-in-tend, soo-prin- ]
See synonyms for: superintendsuperintendedsuperintending on

verb (used with object)
  1. to oversee and direct (work, processes, etc.).

  2. 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

Other words for superintend

Words Nearby superintend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use superintend in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for superintend


/ (ˌsuːpərɪnˈtɛnd, ˌsuːprɪn-) /

  1. to undertake the direction or supervision (of); manage

Origin of superintend

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

Derived forms of superintend

  • superintendence, noun

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