Definition of oversee in English:



  • Supervise (a person or their work), especially in an official capacity:

    ‘the Home Secretary oversees the police service’
    • ‘A new Justice Department would be created to oversee the work of courts and sentences set.’
    • ‘The Primary Care Trust, which oversees the work of GP practices, is carrying out its own investigation.’
    • ‘There was no health and safety plan in place or a supervisor appointed to oversee the works.’
    • ‘The charity is working closely with the Monastery Trust, which is overseeing the restoration project.’
    • ‘She's supremely confident and in charge of him like a mother overseeing her child.’
    • ‘He oversaw the work and left to return north on Friday satisfied that the situation had been stabilised.’
    • ‘Richard's son, David, is head of production at the factory and is overseeing the two projects.’
    • ‘Its members are elected by parliamentary deputies and judges, and its work overseen by the president.’
    • ‘HS chaired the clinical committee overseeing the project; he will act as guarantor for the paper.’
    • ‘Last week the Highways Agency, which is overseeing the project, admitted for the first time the road may not be ready this year.’
    • ‘Party members oversaw the work of a commune to ensure that decisions followed the correct party line.’
    • ‘New staff brought into the chief executive's office will oversee the project.’
    • ‘The Council also has the power to oversee the Leader's work and to dismiss him if he fails to perform his duties properly.’
    • ‘Due to the age of the site, an archaeologist oversaw the initial work done to clear the bones from the ground surface.’
    • ‘The project was overseen by the ambassador's own staff, it added.’
    • ‘The bridge project was overseen by York Millennium Bridge Trust, which handed over ownership to the council.’
    • ‘But he has been responsible for overseeing the work on the new design, as well as improving the operation of the team.’
    • ‘The educators were asked if they were willing to continue overseeing the students.’
    • ‘He says only a few years ago he was earning £40,000 a year overseeing building work across Africa and Asia.’
    • ‘The Parish Council is the board of the local church that oversees its work and finances.’
    supervise, superintend, be in charge of, be responsible for, run, look after, keep an eye on, inspect, administer, organize, manage, direct, guide, control, be in control of, preside over, lead, chair, umpire, referee, judge, adjudicate, moderate, govern, rule, command
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Old English ofersēon ‘look at from above’(see over-, see).