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[soo-per-vahyz] /ˈsu pərˌvaɪz/
verb (used with object), supervised, supervising.
to oversee (a process, work, workers, etc.) during execution or performance; superintend; have the oversight and direction of.
Origin of supervise
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
manage, direct, control, guide. Unabridged
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  • He had to be closely supervised and guided in social situations to make sure that his behavior was socially acceptable.
  • The exposure will have to be closely supervised at first and somewhat limited.
  • Your dog should be supervised at all times while dragging the leash around.
British Dictionary definitions for supervised


verb (transitive)
to direct or oversee the performance or operation of
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 supervised



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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