• WordNet 3.6
    • v supervise keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance "we are monitoring the air quality","the police monitor the suspect's moves"
    • v supervise watch and direct "Who is overseeing this project?"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Army doctor D.W. Bliss attended to two presidents after they were shot by assassins. In 1865 he was one of the 16 doctors who tried to save Abraham Lincoln. In 1881 he supervised the care of James Garfield.
    • n Supervise Supervision; inspection.
    • Supervise To look over so as to read; to peruse.
    • Supervise To oversee for direction; to superintend; to inspect with authority; as, to supervise the construction of a steam engine, or the printing of a book.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is against the law to open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer.
    • supervise To oversee; have charge of, with authority to direct or regulate: as, to supervise the erection of a house. The word often implies a more general care, with less attention to and direction of details, than superintend.
    • supervise To look over so as to peruse; read; read over.
    • supervise Synonyms See list under superintend.
    • n supervise Inspection.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There were 840 soldiers in the regular army when the U.S. War Department was established in 1789. Their job was to supervise public lands and guard the Indian frontier.
    • v.i Supervise sū-pėr-vīz′ to oversee: to superintend
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  • Harold Hook
    Harold Hook
    “The five steps in teaching an employee new skills are preparation, explanation, showing, observation and supervision.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “To supervise people, you must either surpass them in their accomplishments or despise them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. super-, + L. visere, to look at attentively, to view, surely, intens. from videre, visum, to see. Cf. Survise, and Survey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. super, over, vidēre, visum, to see.


In literature:

Latrines and refuse pits were dug under the supervision of the battalion medical officer.
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
He retired in 1886, but continued to supervise the Rumanian defences.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Supervise the work carefully, assign home practice, and have each pupil clean a room at home once a week for a month.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Control and Supervision of Midwives.
"The Family and it's Members" by Anna Garlin Spencer
There are good boarding-schools in Boston, or she and Miss Winn could have a home together under his supervision.
"A Little Girl in Old Salem" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The baby's own mother should keep general supervision and not turn her babe entirely over to the care of the wet nurse.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Are the maps made during given recitation periods under the supervision of the teacher, or at the convenience of the students?
"A Guide to Methods and Observation in History" by Calvin Olin Davis
This is all very different from the problem of supervision met by the town or city superintendent.
"New Ideals in Rural Schools" by George Herbert Betts
Compulsory removal to hospital of those not able at home to destroy the bacilli, or compulsory supervision of home care.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
Had a seamstress to stay there in de house so de mistress could supervise the work.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration

In poetry:

(Saints go their rounds, who shall doubt?
—-March, with the moon to admire,
Up nave, down chancel, turn transept about,
Supervise all betwixt pavement and spire,
Put rats and mice to the rout—-
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning
Roused his Secretariat to a fine Mahratta fury,
By an Order hinting at supervision of dasturi;
Turned the State of Kolazai very nearly upside-down;
When the end of May was night waited his achievement's crown.
"The Legend of the Foreign Office" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Whittington was already on supervised probation from a prior identity theft conviction.
TLC Educational Services Proprietor Tracy Caudill supervises her daughters, Lindsey and Lanae Caudill, and friend, Sammi Barhorst, as they perform CPR on a dummy.
Alleged sex attacks blamed on inadequate staffing, supervision.
The Redwood Area Hospital's finance departments were put under the direct supervision of the city this week, both to safeguard procedures and cut costs.
Father of 1 of 2 missing girls put under supervision.
Leaders agree to have ECB supervise all euro banks.
The Emerging Need for More Supervision Over ActiveSync Implementations.
American politics is desperately in need of adult supervision.
Responsible for leading in recruitment, selection and hiring of nursing interns, and providing clinical and field supervision during the internship period.
After days of scouting, shopping and preparing for Oprah and Gayle's camping adventure at Yosemite National Park , it's game on for supervising senior producer Lisa and her team.
In the 46th District, where court-supervised ballot counting starts again tomorrow, both candidates are doing so.
BioNitrogen has hired Brian Samuels, formerly of Mosaic LLC, to supervise the construction and operation of its Hardee County, FL, plant.
Fast forward another 50 years and a new group working under the supervision of the island's National Museum began a more extensive examination of the site and recovery of some significant historic artifacts .
Cooperate in planning orientation of new Surgical Attendants , under the supervision of an RN.

In science:

The author would like to thank Alain-Sol Sznitman for suggesting the problem and supervising his research and Augusto Teixeira for useful discussions.
Cover levels and random interlacements
Note the strong correlation between the unsupervised leverage score metric and the supervised information gain metric.
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data
Second, the correlation between statistical leverage and supervised mutual information-based metrics is particularly prominent in examples where the data cluster well in the low-dimensional space defined by the maximum variance axes.
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data
It would be of interest to develop a model that quantifies the observation that, conditioned on clustering well in the low-dimensional space, an unsupervised measure like leverage scores should be expected to correlate well with a supervised measure like informativeness or information gain .
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data
Galaxy types in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey using supervised artificial neural networks.
Randomized algorithms for matrices and data