Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To oversee and direct; supervise. See Synonyms at supervise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To oversee the work of others; to supervise.
  • v. To administer the affairs of something or someone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To have or exercise the charge and oversight of; to oversee with the power of direction; to take care of with authority; to supervise.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To have charge and direction of, as of a school; direct the course and oversee the details of (some work, as the construction of a building, or movement, as of an army); regulate with authority; manage. See supervise.
  • Synonyms To overlook, supervise, guide, regulate, control, conduct, administer.
  • To oversee; have charge or oversight; exercise superintendence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. watch and direct

Etymologies

Late Latin superintendere : Latin super-, super- + Latin intendere, to direct one's attention to; see intend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin superintendere (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • True, we cannot always pay that attention to former associates, which we may wish; but the little community which we superintend is quite as important an object; and certainly renders us more beneficial to the public.

    The Coquette, or, The History of Eliza Wharton: A Novel Founded on Fact

  • Sometimes, given the region it falls to us to superintend, that is not possible.

    Florence of Arabia

  • I find out where the stories are, and advise, and, in short, superintend.

    The Lilac Fairy Book

  • Carlos got a plane to fly to Algeria, whose government is shown to superintend the payment of $20m of ransom money from the Saudis for Yamani's safety.

    Carlos – review

  • Nonetheless, that is his basic message in this book: the U.S. and China should be friends, should superintend a benign and stable world order, cannot afford to be driven into conflict by their differences, etc. etc.

    Ian Fletcher: Whitewashing Red China: A Review of Henry Kissinger's On China

  • Many are also dishonest, asserting that competition that happens to come from outside of some ultimately arbitrary geo-political border is harmful to society at large -- asserting that a policy of preventing consumers from taking advantage of the best deals that consumers find, as consumers themselves judge these deals, harms society and that permitting politicians to superintend the buying practices of consumers will somehow make things better.

    Getting Ricardo Wrong, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Many are also dishonest, asserting that competition that happens to come from outside of some ultimately arbitrary geo-political border is harmful to society at large -- asserting that a policy of preventing consumers from taking advantage of the best deals that consumers find, as consumers themselves judge these deals, BENEFITS society -- that permitting politicians to superintend the buying practices of consumers is an essential key to prosperity.

    Getting Ricardo Wrong, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The Virginian turned to Scarouady, sent by the Six Nations to superintend the Shawnees at Logstown.

    George Washington’s First War

  • There was work to be done, men to superintend, and operations to direct in burrowing after the erratic pay streak; but his heart was not in the work.

    THE FAITH OF MEN

  • He sent the mate for'ard to superintend rescuing the passengers, who were already climbing on to our bowsprit and forecastle-head, and in a voice no different from what he'd use to ask some one to pass the butter he told the second mate to set all sail.

    CHAPTER IV

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