Definition of oversee in English:



[with object]
  • Supervise (a person or their work), especially in an official capacity.

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