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oversee

[oh-ver-see] /ˌoʊ vərˈsi/
verb (used with object), oversaw, overseen, overseeing.
1.
to direct (work or workers); supervise; manage:
He was hired to oversee the construction crews.
2.
to see or observe secretly or unintentionally:
We happened to oversee the burglar leaving the premises. He was overseen stealing the letters.
3.
to survey or watch, as from a higher position.
4.
to look over; examine; inspect.
Origin of oversee
900
before 900; Middle English overseen, Old English ofersēon. See over-, see1
Can be confused
overlook, oversee, oversight.
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  • Austin was at home in the morning and evening and oversaw their work, helping with the heavier part.

  • The younger Vestals, whose attendance on the sacred fire and care of the Temple she oversaw, wondered at her exacting petulance.

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  • Mr. Templeton had two children—a son who was with Price, and a daughter who oversaw the household, the mother being dead.

  • This was no slight aid to her, and leaving the management of the helm to him, she oversaw the management of the piece herself.

British Dictionary definitions for oversaw

oversee

/ˌəʊvəˈsiː/
verb (transitive) -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
1.
to watch over and direct; supervise
2.
to watch secretly or accidentally
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Word Origin and History for oversaw

oversee

v.

Old English oferseon "to look down upon, keep watch over, survey, observe;" see over + see (v.). Meaning "to supervise" is attested from mid-15c. The verb lacks the double sense of similar overlook, but this emerges in the noun form oversight. Related: Oversaw; overseen.

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