- Supervise is to watch, direct and manage a task or someone's performance.
- When you watch a garden being planted and direct the workers on how to proceed, this is an example of when you supervise the planting.
- When you have two people working under you and you are in charge of directing and evaluating them, this is an example of when you supervise.
- When you babysit a child, this is an example of when you supervise the child.
transitive verbsu·per·vised, su·per·vis·ing, su·per·vis·es
To manage and direct; be in charge of: supervises twenty employees; supervised the construction of the new kitchen.
Origin of superviseMiddle English *supervisen, from Medieval Latin supervidēre, supervīs- : Latin super-, super- + Latin vidēre, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present supervises, present participle supervising, simple past and past participle supervised)