Definition of overseer in English:



  • A person who supervises others, especially workers.

    • ‘We also thank our area engineer, overseer workers, and FAS overseers for their help and support.’
    • ‘Pharoah is so impressed with the young man that he makes him the second most powerful man in Egypt, the overseer of food supplies.’
    • ‘But a week later The Harvard Crimson called for her to resign as a Harvard overseer.’
    • ‘These royal slaves, who lived for more than a century in a community without overseers, masters or managers, form the subject of this important book.’
    • ‘Southern masters and overseers used timepieces to ensure that tasks were completed in a timely fashion and that slaves were not malingering.’
    • ‘It is the epicenter of the post-World War II international regime and the overseer of international peace and security.’
    • ‘The trio has close ties to the National Security Agency, the overseer of U.S. naval communications files.’
    • ‘The duty of the board of overseers is to supervise the major institutions in major markets in the industrial world.’
    • ‘He envisions a system of discipline imposed by independent overseers, inside and outside the corporation, with the power to say no and make it stick.’
    • ‘The reliance on nature or fate to move a story forward - the residents of the village need the rain in order to produce crops and pay taxes to their British overseers.’
    • ‘But in South Africa, many judges are loath to be government overseers.’
    • ‘I walked up to the building site, where I was met by one of the overseers of the workers.’
    • ‘Sure he is the overseer of local governance, but he should set it up to run smoothly, and then keep his finger out of it.’
    • ‘Accounts of plantation life confirm that women gave their labor unwillingly and were a constant source of frustration to managers and overseers.’
    • ‘Overall, the railroad industry and its federal overseer have long been closely intertwined.’
    • ‘A few weeks later he advertised for twelve dogs and a working overseer to take charge of the rabbit catchers.’
    • ‘In some instances, with the agreement of trustees, an overseer might be employed by more than one local trust.’
    • ‘If their owners fled the islands, they fell under the supervision of an overseer often more interested in a good crop than the welfare of his charges.’
    • ‘It is another training opportunity for staff to work together, practice skills, and think of themselves as risk managers or overseers of camper safety.’
    • ‘But government overseers do not have that level of understanding.’
    supervisor, foreman, forewoman, chargehand, team leader, controller, manager, manageress, line manager
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Late Middle English (also denoting a person appointed by a testator to assist the executor of a will): from oversee.