What does supervise mean?

Definitions for supervise
ˈsu pərˌvaɪzsu·per·vise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oversee, supervise, superintend, manageverb

    watch and direct

    "Who is overseeing this project?"

  2. monitor, superviseverb

    keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance

    "we are monitoring the air quality"; "the police monitor the suspect's moves"


  1. superviseverb

    To direct, manage, or oversee; to be in charge

    Without someone to supervise, the group will lack direction.

  2. Etymology: Borrowed from supervisus, from supervidere, from super + videre.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SUPERVISEverb

    To overlook; to oversee; to intend.

    Etymology: super and visus, Latin.

    M. Bayle speaks of the vexation of the supervising of the press, in terms so feeling that they move compassion. William Congreve.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Superviseverb

    to oversee for direction; to superintend; to inspect with authority; as, to supervise the construction of a steam engine, or the printing of a book

  2. Superviseverb

    to look over so as to read; to peruse

  3. Supervisenoun

    supervision; inspection

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Supervise

    sū-pėr-vīz′, v.i. to oversee: to superintend.—ns. Supervī′sal, Supervi′sion, act of supervising: inspection: control; Supervī′sor, one who supervises: an overseer: an inspector: (Shak.) a spectator.—adjs. Supervī′sory, pertaining to, or having, supervision; Supervis′ūal, beyond the ordinary visual powers. [L. super, over, vidēre, visum, to see.]

Editors Contribution

  1. supervise

    Be responsible for an activity, people, duty or task.

    The classroom support role is to supervise the children.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 21, 2020  

  2. supervise

    To direct, manage or oversee.

    She did supervise the children but not for long as they were so well behaved and she knew they were safe.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'supervise' in Verbs Frequency: #940

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of supervise in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of supervise in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of supervise in a Sentence

  1. Cesar Millan:

    In America, animals have rights to a certain extent. And when somebody complains about it, the law enforcement have to come and supervise. They do it to everybody and they're doing the right thing.

  2. Jerome Powell:

    My duty is one that Congress has given us, which is to use our tools to achieve maximum employment and stable prices and to supervise and regulate banks so that they treat their customers fairly and so that they're strong, well-capitalized and can perform their critical function in good times and bad, that's my job. And I think for me to get into responding to any elected official would be a distraction from that job.

  3. Luis Urzua:

    Today we heard the decision, as did many of our colleagues, and many of them are extremely shocked, because this is something that places responsibility upon the mine owners, because they are the entity that must supervise what happens. As supervisors, they should have prevented it. They should have known what sectors were at risk of collapsing.

  4. University of Kentucky:

    A commitment we make and renew every day at the University of Kentucky is that the success of our students is at the center of everything that we do. But for that sentiment to be more than words, we must always act in ways that honor that commitment — especially when we discover rare instances where those who supervise and guide our students don't meet the standards of integrity we expect of each other. This is one of those times, the University of Kentucky has built the nation's premier collegiate cheerleading program. But regrettably, the integrity of the program has been compromised by inappropriate behavior by some squad members on off-campus trips and by lax oversight by the program's coaches and advisor.

  5. Emmanuel Ejim:

    Doctors are no more attending to me. The nurses only check on me whenever they please because there is no one to supervise them.

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