supervise


supervise
supervise 1580s, "to look over," from M.L. supervisus, pp. of supervidere "oversee, inspect," from L. super "over" (see SUPER- (Cf. super-)) + videre "see" (see VISION (Cf. vision)). Meaning "to oversee and superintend the work or performance of others" is attested from 1640s. Related: Supervised; supervising. Supervisor in this sense of "one who inspects and directs the work of others" is first recorded mid-15c.

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