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supervise

[soo-per-vahyz] /ˈsu pərˌvaɪz/
verb (used with object), supervised, supervising.
1.
to oversee (a process, work, workers, etc.) during execution or performance; superintend; have the oversight and direction of.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Medieval Latin supervīsus (past participle of supervidēre to oversee), equivalent to super- super- + vid-, stem of vidēre to see + -tus past participle suffix, with dt > s; see vision, wit2
Related forms
nonsupervising, adjective
presupervise, verb (used with object), presupervised, presupervising.
quasi-supervised, adjective
unsupervised, adjective
well-supervised, adjective
Synonyms
manage, direct, control, guide.
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  • Being on campus is essential for people in natural sciences as they have lab experiments to run and/or to supervise.
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  • supervise the research of master's and doctoral students.
  • There are plans for some to remain, to supervise engineering work and prepare for future training.
  • Fifteen technicians supervise the running of the cars and worked with the drivers to hone their performance.
  • Pandit's closest advisers and the bank's operations chief, will now supervise the group.
  • Develop, implement and supervise the human performance lab.
  • The president wants to set up a caretaker government, tilted in his favour, to supervise the coming election.
  • At each location, a couple is contracted by the chain to supervise the premises.
  • supervise work-study and volunteer employees in the costume shop.
British Dictionary definitions for supervise

supervise

/ˈsuːpəˌvaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to direct or oversee the performance or operation of
2.
to watch over so as to maintain order, etc
Derived Forms
supervision (ˌsuːpəˈvɪʒən) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin supervidēre, from Latin super- + vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for supervise
v.

1580s, "to look over," from Medieval Latin supervisus, past participle of supervidere "oversee, inspect," from Latin super "over" (see super-) + videre "see" (see vision). Meaning "to oversee and superintend the work or performance of others" is attested from 1640s. Related: Supervised; supervising.

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