- 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.
Supervise is to watch, direct and manage a task or someone's performance.
, -·vised·, -·vis·ing
to oversee, direct, or manage (work, workers, a project, etc.); superintend
Origin of supervise; from Medieval Latin supervisus, past participle of supervidere ; from Classical Latin super- (see super-) + videre, to see: see vision
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 supervid&emacron;re, superv&imacron;s- : Latin super-, super- + Latin vid&emacron;re, to see; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present supervises, present participle supervising, simple past and past participle supervised)