Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To have the charge and direction of; superintend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To direct, manage, or oversee; to be in charge

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Supervision; inspection.
  • transitive v. To oversee for direction; to superintend; to inspect with authority.
  • transitive v. To look over so as to read; to peruse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To oversee; have charge of, with authority to direct or regulate: as, to supervise the erection of a house.
  • To look over so as to peruse; read; read over.
  • Synonyms See list under superintend.
  • n. Inspection.

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

  • v. keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance
  • v. watch and direct

Etymologies

Middle English *supervisen, from Medieval Latin supervidēre, supervīs- : Latin super-, super- + Latin vidēre, to see.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Medieval Latin supervisus, from supervidere, from Latin super + videre. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Drum, wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat tied under his chin, will supervise from a chair near the garage.

    Boing Boing: November 30, 2003 - December 6, 2003 Archives

  • Just remember those of us who are operational Inspectors … … one of the benefits of being front-line and going to jobs like these to supervise is that you don’t have to investigate the complaint yourself.

    The Last Pop Song « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • What: one guy to shovel dog crap and 38 of Mayor Creepy's close personal financiers, er, I mean friends to "supervise" him?

    Another priceless comedy moment from the O (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Meanwhile, they are fighting like hell to continue doing what got us into the crisis, and even to expand their abilities with front-running computer deals by Goldman Sachs, and more power for the Fed to "supervise" the financial sector.

    Quick fixes (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Later reports state that the Captain in fact stayed and was the 7th person airlifted to shore but then he came back by helicopter to 'supervise', from the safety of the helicopter, the rescue of those below.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • He took off after the impact, and after waiting a fair amount of time, I called my boyfriend and friend to the area to "supervise" my tracking and show me how to field dress.

    Hunting on TV

  • Matsepe-Casaburri said legislation allowed her to do very little and her task was simply to "supervise" the work of the SABC.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • But look at it from the execs POV: They're in a position to "supervise", so they do.

    Peak Cartoon

  • By this principle, Stravinsky will be able to "supervise" future recordings of his oeuvre for years to come, in quadraphonic, dodecaphonic, and interplanetary sound, or whatever other inanities of planned obsolescence remain to be devised.

    Stravinsky

  • In 2010, we conceded to Brussels the right to "supervise" our national budget, just as the

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

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