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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Superintend \Su`per*in*tend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Superintended; p. pr. & vb. n. Superintending.] [L.
superintendere. See Super-, and Intend.]
To have or exercise the charge and oversight of; to oversee
with the power of direction; to take care of with authority;
to supervise; as, an officer superintends the building of a
ship or the construction of a fort.
The king may appoint a council, who may superintend the
works of this nature. --Bacon.
Syn: Superintend, Supervise.
Usage: These words in general use are the synonymous. As
sometimes used, supervise implies the more general,
and superintend, the more particular and constant,
inspection or direction. Among architects there is a
disposition to use the word supervise in the sense of
a general oversight of the main points of construction
with reference to the design, etc., and to employ the
word superintend to signify a constant, careful
attention to all the details of construction. But this
technical distinction is not firmly established.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
v 1: watch and direct; "Who is overseeing this project?" [syn:
oversee, supervise, superintend, manage]
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