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English definition of “oversee”


verb [T]     /ˌəʊ.vəˈsiː/ US  /ˌoʊ.vɚ-/ (present participle overseeing, past tense oversaw, past participle overseen)
to watch or organize a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly: As marketing manager, her job is to oversee all the company's advertising.Managing and organizing
(Definition of oversee verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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