Definition of superintend in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌso͞op(ə)r(ə)nˈtend/


[with object]
Be responsible for the management or arrangement of (an activity or organization); oversee: he superintended a land reclamation program
More example sentences
  • Supervised by a team of 28 youth leaders and six volunteers from the St Anne's community, all the activities were carefully superintended.
  • In order to make the laundry first class, the directors sent a senior engineer from the United States to superintend construction work.
  • This is an invitation to invite the army and police to superintend the electoral process.
supervise, oversee, be in charge of, be in control of, preside over, direct, administer, manage, run, be responsible for



Pronunciation: /ˌso͞opər(ə)nˈtend(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • Politicians and bureaucrats have developed a great vested interest in retaining control and superintendence over the police organisation.
  • It would be a pity if the streets of Otley during the winter were to be allowed to remain in a dirty state because two committees can't agree which should have the superintendence of the work.
  • He devoted almost three pages to demonstrate that the term profit had no meaning in economics, and was used interchangeably and confusedly with interest, wages of superintendence, and insurance.


Pronunciation: /-dənsē/
Example sentences
  • Later, he was offered the superintendency of the entire Coast and Geodetic Survey, but had found his field work with lighthouses too interesting to leave.
  • In 1954 the two hospitals were amalgamated under Dorothy's superintendency and named the Christian General Hospital.
  • If they do not get married, they are placed under the superintendency of some male relative.


Early 17th century: from ecclesiastical Latin superintendere, translating Greek episkopein.

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Syllabification: su·per·in·tend

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