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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

overlook, oversee, oversight

Overlook means to neglect, to fail to notice, or to observe from above.

  • Because a blizzard had paralyzed the city, Helen asked me to overlook her late arrival.
  • Thomas’s Restaurant sits on a high bluff and overlooks the Grand River.

Oversee means to supervise.

  • The committee oversees all expenditures.

Oversight refers to either supervision or an error caused by neglect or inattention.

  • The company commended Gregory for his oversight of the project.
  • Because of an oversight, Isabelle kept the library books two weeks past the due date.