verb (used with object), su·per·vised, su·per·vis·ing.
to oversee (a process, work, workers, etc.) during execution or performance; superintend; have the oversight and direction of.
Origin: 1580–90; < Medieval Latinsupervīsus (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
pre·su·per·vise, verb (used with object), pre·su·per·vised, pre·su·per·vis·ing.
1588, "to look over," from M.L. supervisus, pp. of supervidere "oversee, inspect," from L. super "over" (see super-) + videre "see" (see vision). Meaning "to oversee and superintend the work or performance of others" is attested from c.1645; supervisor
in this sense of "one who inspects and directs the work of others" is first recorded 1454.