What does supervise mean?

Definitions for supervise
ˈsu pərˌvaɪzsu·per·vise

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. oversee, supervise, superintend, manage(verb)

    watch and direct

    "Who is overseeing this project?"

  2. monitor, supervise(verb)

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

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


  1. supervise(Verb)

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

    Without someone to supervise, the group will lack direction.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Supervise(verb)

    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. Supervise(verb)

    to look over so as to read; to peruse

  3. Supervise(noun)

    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

    To 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  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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How to say supervise in sign language?

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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. 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.

  2. Tracy Renaud:

    Once we feel they're ready to actually start conducting some credible fear screenings, we will have those be monitored, we will supervise them.

  3. Bernd Osterloh:

    Corporate headquarters needs to be able to supervise whether the technical specifications of the modular platforms have been adhered to.

  4. 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.

  5. Yang Huanning:

    It is necessary to have a law to regulate, guide and supervise their activities.

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