Definition of oversee verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsiː//
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they oversee
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsiː//
he / she / it oversees
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsiːz//
past simple oversaw
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsɔː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsɔː//
past participle overseen
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsiːn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsiːn//
-ing form overseeing
BrE BrE//ˌəʊvəˈsiːɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌoʊvərˈsiːɪŋ//
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oversee somebody/something to watch somebody/something and make sure that a job or an activity is done correctly synonym supervise United Nations observers oversaw the elections. Word OriginOld English ofersēon ‘look at from above’ (see over- and the verb see).Extra examples He personally oversaw the design of all the rooms. the committee that is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day implementation of this policy She will be responsible for overseeing strategic and operational plans. The body was set up to oversee the implementation of the peace treaty. The director made regular visits to personally oversee operations.
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