Origin of supervision
OTHER WORDS FROM supervisionnon·su·per·vi·sion, nounpre·su·per·vi·sion, nounpro·su·per·vi·sion, adjective
Words nearby supervision
MORE ABOUT SUPERVISION
What does supervision mean?
Supervision is the act of overseeing or watching over someone or something.
Supervision is the noun form of the verb supervise, meaning to oversee or watch over. You can supervise a project, but most of the time supervision means supervising people, especially parents supervising their children or a manager or supervisor supervising their employees.
Someone or something being supervised is said to be under supervision. When it’s used in the context of adults watching children, the word often appears in the phrases parental supervision and adult supervision. Children or other people who can’t be left alone are said to need constant supervision.
Example: All children in this building must be under adult supervision.
Where does supervision come from?
Supervision comes from the Medieval Latin supervīsiōn-, meaning “oversight.” In fact, the word supervision quite literally means the same thing as oversight—the prefix super- means “over” or “above,” and vision is another word for sight.
Sometimes, people performing supervision literally watch from above—like a supervisor supervising their employees from an office above the factory floor. In most cases, though, supervision simply means overseeing closely to make sure something is proceeding as planned or that someone is doing what they should be. Some employees require more supervision than others.
Young children almost always require some level of supervision. The phrases adult supervision and parental supervision often refer to the requirement for children to be watched by a parent or other adult, especially in public spaces. For example, a museum might have a sign that says Adult supervision required. The phrase is sometimes applied humorously to situations in which adults themselves are the ones who need supervision, typically because they’re doing things that are illogical or unsafe.
Supervision should not be confused with super vision. (Superman has super vision, but Batman thinks Superman needs supervision.)
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What are some other forms related to supervision?
- supervise (verb)
- nonsupervision (noun)
- presupervision (noun)
- prosupervision (adjective)
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How is supervision used in real life?
Supervision is most commonly used in the context of parenting, childcare, and the workplace.
May is #NationalWaterSafetyMonth and we're bringing you the ABCs of Swim Safety. Today is M: Maintain constant adult supervision. Parents and caregivers should never leave a child alone near any body of water, including bath tubs. pic.twitter.com/YDJqj3kKEt
— FSPYMCA (@fspymca) May 13, 2020
Yeah, none of this is a break with young kids. They need constant supervision to do the work. But it might be the case for older kids. Our “break” is when school is over and the kids play.
— Cara Fitzpatrick (@Fitz_ly) May 12, 2020
Mavs teammates told ESPN that Luka Doncic was working out on the underwater treadmill under the supervision of the team’s athletic trainers at halftime. That’s an encouraging sign that his right ankle sprain isn’t severe.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 15, 2019
Try using supervision!
Which of the following things should a person NOT do if they’re supposed to be performing supervision?
A. watch over
B. provide guidance
C. keep an eye on things
D. ignore the situation
How to use supervision in a sentence
Focus on your formOne of the best things about exercising under the supervision of a professional is that you have someone there to correct your form.
The first sanctioned CRISPR baby experiments should be narrowly restricted to couples who otherwise cannot have healthy children—a relatively rare pool of people—and likely require international, collaborative supervision.A CRISPR Baby Future? New Report Outlines Path to Human Germline Editing|Shelly Fan|September 15, 2020|Singularity Hub
Production at their factories restarted later that year following inspections, and China’s National Institutes for Food and Drug Control pledged to redouble supervision of the vaccine industry.China has quietly vaccinated more than 100,000 people for Covid-19 before completing safety trials|Lili Pike|September 11, 2020|Vox
Microsoft is participating in a Bright Horizons arrangement similar to Accenture’s, offering “school-day supervision” to children of employees who are learning remotely.The best back-to-school benefits companies are offering their employees|ehinchliffe|September 10, 2020|Fortune
It all goes back to supervision and whether those frontline supervisors are holding people accountable for their work product.What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs?|by Alec MacGillis|September 3, 2020|ProPublica