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over- +‎ see


  • IPA(key): /əʊvə(ɹ)siː/
  • Hyphenation: over‧see
  • Rhymes: -iː
  • Homophone: oversea


oversee (third-person singular simple present oversees, present participle overseeing, simple past oversaw, past participle overseen) (transitive)

  1. (literally) To survey, look at something in a wide angle.
  2. (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.
  3. To inspect, examine
    Gamekeepers oversee a hunting ground to see to the wildlife's welfare and look for poachers.
  4. (obsolete) To fail to see; to overlook, ignore.
  5. To observe secretly or unintentionally.

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