Definition of oversight in English:

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oversight

Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəsʌɪt/

noun

1An unintentional failure to notice or do something: he had simply missed Parsons out by an oversight [mass noun]: was the mistake due to oversight?
More example sentences
  • Full of contradictions, failures and oversights, the architect's personal life seemed to have none of the clarity possessed by his great works.
  • In the past year, numerous media accounts have revealed screw-ups, miscalculations and oversights.
  • What do you see as the critical lapses or perhaps oversights?
Synonyms
mistake, error, fault, failure, omission, lapse, inaccuracy, slip, blunder, faux pas, miscalculation
informal slip-up, boo-boo, fail
British informal boob
North American informal goof
carelessness, inattention, neglect, negligence, forgetfulness, inadvertence, laxity, dereliction, neglectfulness
2 [mass noun] The action of overseeing something: effective oversight of the financial reporting process
More example sentences
  • The obvious solution is direct government oversight in the form of industry regulations.
  • No other state agency exercises effective oversight over army expenditures.
  • The lax regulatory oversight and risk management are now being reborn as bad loans.
Synonyms
supervision, surveillance, superintendence, inspection, charge, care, administration, management, government, direction, control, command, handling, custody

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