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over- +‎ sight.



oversight (countable and uncountable, plural oversights)

  1. An omission; something that is left out, missed or forgotten.
    A small oversight at this stage can lead to big problems later.
  2. Supervision or management.
    • 2013 August 10, “Can China clean up fast enough?”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
      It has jailed environmental activists and is planning to limit the power of judicial oversight by handing a state-approved body a monopoly over bringing environmental lawsuits.
    The bureaucracy was subject to government oversight.
  3. Overview.
    • 1908 December 10, Charles W. Wendte, “Foreign Books”, in The Christian Register:
      A large map of the kingdom, in which the Protestant churches, including the Unitarian, are indicated in colors, gives a convenient oversight of the matter treated of by the writer.



oversight (third-person singular simple present oversights, present participle oversighting, simple past and past participle oversighted)

  1. (transitive, nonstandard) To oversee; to supervise.
  2. (Internet, transitive, Wiktionary and WMF jargon) To suppress content in a way that removes or minimizes its visibility or viewability.
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