verb (used with object), su·per·vised, su·per·vis·ing.
- to oversee (a process, work, workers, etc.) during execution or performance; superintend; have the oversight and direction of.
- without supervisionplaying unsupervised in the garden
- to direct or oversee the performance or operation of
- to watch over so as to maintain order, etc
adj.1899, from un- (1) “not” + past participle of supervise. v.1580s, “to look over,” from Medieval Latin supervisus, past participle of supervidere “oversee, inspect,” from Latin super “over” (see super-) + videre “see” (see vision). Meaning “to oversee and superintend the work or performance of others” is attested from 1640s. Related: Supervised; supervising.