- Oversee is defined as to watch or direct something.
An example of to oversee is to make sure that employees are properly completing a project.
The manager oversees the warehouse employees.
transitive verboversaw, overseen, overseeing
- to watch over and manage; supervise; superintend
- to catch sight of (a person or persons in some action) secretly or accidentally
- to survey; watch
- Archaic to examine; inspect
Origin of overseeMiddle English overseen ; from Old English oferseon: see over and amp; see
transitive verbo·ver·saw , o·ver·seen , o·ver·see·ing, o·ver·sees
(third-person singular simple present oversees, present participle overseeing, simple past oversaw, past participle overseen)
- (literally) To survey, look at something in a wide angle.
- (figuratively) To supervise, guide, review or direct the actions of a person or group.
- It is congress's duty to oversee the spending of federal funds.
- To inspect, examine
- Gamekeepers oversee a hunting ground to see to the wildlife's welfare and look for poachers.
- To observe secretly or unintentionally.