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verb (used with object), su·per·vised, su·per·vis·ing.
  1. to oversee (a process, work, workers, etc.) during execution or performance; superintend; have the oversight and direction of.
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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
Related formsnon·su·per·vis·ing, adjectivepre·su·per·vise, verb (used with object), pre·su·per·vised, pre·su·per·vis·ing.qua·si-su·per·vised, adjectiveun·su·per·vised, adjectivewell-su·per·vised, adjective

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handle, oversee, inspect, direct, administer, conduct, control, run, superintend, overlook, boss, chaperon, survey, quarterback

British Dictionary definitions for supervise


verb (tr)
  1. to direct or oversee the performance or operation of
  2. to watch over so as to maintain order, etc
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Derived Formssupervision (ˌsuːpəˈvɪʒən), noun

Word Origin for supervise

C16: from Medieval Latin supervidēre, from Latin super- + vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for supervise


1580s, "to look over," from Medieval Latin supervisus, past participle of supervidere "oversee, inspect," from Latin super "over" (see super-) + videre "see" (see vision). Meaning "to oversee and superintend the work or performance of others" is attested from 1640s. Related: Supervised; supervising.

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