overlook, oversee

Overlook means (1) "to fail to notice," (2) "to disregard or ignore," (3) "to rise above," (4) "to excuse": "He overlooked my mistake." "Robin is a girl who overlooks such minor matters." "My window overlooks a park." "The foreman will overlook your tardiness." Oversee means (1) "to observe secretly or unintentionally"; (2) "to direct, supervise, or manage": "Bert just happened to oversee the stolen kiss." "The superintendent is expected to oversee the performance of the entire staff."

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  • overlook — See overlook, oversee …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • oversee — See overlook, oversee …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • overlook — [v1] disregard, neglect discount, disdain, fail to notice, forget, ignore, leave out, leave undone, let fall between the cracks*, let go, let slide*, make light of*, miss, omit, overpass, pass, pass by, pay no attention, slight, slip up*;… …   New thesaurus

  • Oversee — O ver*see , v. t. [imp. {Oversaw}; p. p. {Overseen}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overseeing}.] [AS. ofers[ e]on to survey, to despise. See {Over}, and {See}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To superintend; to watch over; to direct; to look or see after; to overlook[2].… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oversee — (v.) O.E. oferseon to look down upon, keep watch over, from ofer over + seon to see (see SEE (Cf. see) (v.)). Meaning to supervise is attested from mid 15c. The verb lacks the double sense of similar OVERLOOK (Cf. overlook), but this emerges in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • overlook — I (disregard) verb fail to appreciate, fail to observe, fail to see, forget, leave out, leave undone, let ride, miss, neglect, omit, pass over, take no notice II (excuse) verb condone, disregard, excuse, forgive, pardon III (superintend) verb… …   Law dictionary

  • oversee — I verb administer, attend to, be at the helm, be the guiding force, carry on, coach, command, conduct, control, dictate, direct, dominate, engineer, examine, execute, govern, guide, handle, have authority over, have charge of, have the direction… …   Law dictionary

  • oversee — [v] manage, supervise baby sit*, be in driver’s seat*, boss, call the shots*, captain, chaperon, command, eye*, herd, inspect, keep one’s eye on*, look after, overlook, quarterback*, ride herd on*, run the show*, shepherd, sit on top of*, skipper …   New thesaurus

  • overlook — [ō΄vər look′; ] for n. [ ō′vər look΄] vt. 1. to look at from above 2. to give a view of from above 3. to rise above; overtop 4. a) to look over or beyond and not see; fail to notice b) to ignore; neglect …   English World dictionary

  • oversee v — overlook v …   English expressions

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