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Definitions for superintend
ˌsu pər ɪnˈtɛnd, ˌsu prɪn-su·per·in·tend

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oversee, supervise, superintend, manageverb

    watch and direct

    "Who is overseeing this project?"


  1. superintendverb

    To oversee the work of others; to supervise.

  2. superintendverb

    To administer the affairs of something or someone.

  3. Etymology: From superintendere

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    To oversee; to overlook; to take care of others with authority.

    Etymology: super and intend.

    The king will appoint a council who may superintend the works of this nature, and regulate what concerns the colonies. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    This argues design, and a superintending wisdom, power and providence in this special business of food. William Derham.

    Angels, good or bad, must be furnished with prodigious knowledge, to oversee Persia and Grecia of old; or if any such superintend the affairs of Great Britain now. Isaac Watts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superintendverb

    to have or exercise the charge and oversight of; to oversee with the power of direction; to take care of with authority; to supervise; as, an officer superintends the building of a ship or the construction of a fort

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Superintend

    sū-pėr-in-tend′, v.t. to have the oversight or charge of: to control, manage.—v.i. to exercise supervision.—ns. Superinten′dence, Superinten′dency, oversight: direction: management.—adj. Superinten′dent, superintending.—n. one who superintends: the head of a Sunday-school: in some Protestant churches a clergyman having the oversight of the clergy of a district: overseer.—n. Superinten′dentship.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of superintend in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of superintend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of superintend in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Babington Macaulay:

    There is surely no contradiction in saying that a certain section of the community may be quite competent to protect the persons and property of the rest, yet quite unfit to direct our opinions, or to superintend our private habits.

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