superintend

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From Latin superintendere

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superintend (third-person singular simple present superintends, present participle superintending, simple past and past participle superintended)

  1. To oversee the work of others; to supervise.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
      The Celebrity, by arts unknown, induced Mrs. Judge Short and two other ladies to call at Mohair on an afternoon when Mr. Cooke was trying a trotter on the track. [] Their example was followed by others at a time when the master of Mohair was superintending in person the docking of some two-year-olds, and equally invisible.
  2. To administer the affairs of something or someone.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses Episode 12, The Cyclops
      A posse of Dublin Metropolitan police superintended by the Chief Commissioner in person maintained order in the vast throng for whom the York street brass and reed band whiled away the intervening time by admirably rendering on their blackdraped instruments the matchless melody endeared to us from the cradle by Speranza's plaintive muse.

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