verb (used with object), oversaw, overseen, overseeing.
to direct (work or workers); supervise; manage: He was hired to oversee the construction crews.
to see or observe secretly or unintentionally: We happened to oversee the burglar leaving the premises. He was overseen stealing the letters.
to survey or watch, as from a higher position.
to look over; examine; inspect.

before 900; Middle English overseen, Old English ofersēon. See over-, see1

overlook, oversee, oversight.
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oversee (ˌəʊvəˈsiː)
vb , -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
1.  to watch over and direct; supervise
2.  to watch secretly or accidentally

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Word Origin & History

O.E. oferseon "to look down upon, keep watch over," from ofer "over" + seon "to see" (see see). Meaning "to supervise" is attested from mid-15c. The verb lacks the double sense of similar overlook (q.v.), but this emerges in the noun form oversight.
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