[soo-per-vizh-uh n]


the act or function of supervising; superintendence.

Nearby words

  1. superunification,
  2. supervene,
  3. supervenient,
  4. supervention,
  5. supervise,
  6. supervision order,
  7. supervisor,
  8. supervisory,
  9. supervisory board,
  10. superwaif

Origin of supervision

1615–25; < Medieval Latin supervīsiōn- (stem of supervīsiō) oversight, equivalent to super- super- + vīsiōn- vision

Related formsnon·su·per·vi·sion, nounpre·su·per·vi·sion, nounpro·su·per·vi·sion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for supervision



1630s, from Medieval Latin supervisionem (nominative supervisio), noun of action from past participle stem of supervidere (see supervise).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper