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

 

supervise

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈsuːpəvaɪz//
 
, BrE//ˈsjuːpəvaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːpərvaɪz//
 
[transitive, intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they supervise
BrE BrE//ˈsuːpəvaɪz//
 
, BrE//ˈsjuːpəvaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːpərvaɪz//
 
he / she / it supervises
BrE BrE//ˈsuːpəvaɪzɪz//
 
, BrE//ˈsjuːpəvaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːpərvaɪzɪz//
 
past simple supervised
BrE BrE//ˈsuːpəvaɪzd//
 
, BrE//ˈsjuːpəvaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːpərvaɪzd//
 
past participle supervised
BrE BrE//ˈsuːpəvaɪzd//
 
, BrE//ˈsjuːpəvaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːpərvaɪzd//
 
-ing form supervising
BrE BrE//ˈsuːpəvaɪzɪŋ//
 
, BrE//ˈsjuːpəvaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːpərvaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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to be in charge of somebody/something and make sure that everything is done correctly, safely, etc. supervise (somebody/something) to supervise building work supervise somebody doing something She supervised the children playing near the pool. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘survey, peruse’): from medieval Latin supervis- ‘surveyed, supervised’, from supervidere, from super- ‘over’ + videre ‘to see’.Extra examples He was directly responsible for supervising the loading of the containers. I will supervise the work personally. The children will be closely supervised at all times. The pool is fully supervised by trained staff. a proposal for an internationally supervised ceasefire During the training period, new employees are closely supervised. Jenny decided to stay and supervise. The commission is charged with supervising elections.
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