[ soo-per-vahyz ]
/ ˈsu pərˌvaɪz /

verb (used with object), su·per·vised, su·per·vis·ing.

to oversee (a process, work, workers, etc.) during execution or performance; superintend; have the oversight and direction of.

Origin of supervise

1580–90; < Medieval Latin supervīsus (past participle of supervidēre to oversee), equivalent to super- super- + vid-, stem of vidēre to see + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s; see vision, wit2

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British Dictionary definitions for supervise


/ (ˈsuːpəˌvaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to direct or oversee the performance or operation of
to watch over so as to maintain order, etc

Derived Forms

supervision (ˌsuːpəˈvɪʒən), noun

Word Origin for supervise

C16: from Medieval Latin supervidēre, from Latin super- + vidēre to see
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