Past Tense Of Oversee – How To Say It?

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Oversee?

The past tense and past participle of “oversee” is “oversaw” and “overseen,” respectively. To remember the past tense of “oversee” as “oversaw,” you can try associating it with the word “saw,” which is the past tense form of the verb “see.”

The past participle of oversee is also overseen. Check out the table below to get more verb forms of oversee:

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) oversee
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form oversees
Past Form (V2) oversaw
Past Participle Form (V3) overseen
Present Participle/Gerund overseeing

How To Pronounce Oversee And Oversaw Correctly? 

“Oversee” is pronounced as /ˌəʊvəˈsiː/ in British English and as /ˌəʊvərˈsiː/ in American English.

“Oversaw” is pronounced as /ˌəʊvəˈsɔː/ in the British accent and as /ˌəʊvərˈsɔː/ in the American accent.

You can refer to the table below to be clearer:

Verb Forms Pronunciation 
British English language American English language
oversee /ˌəʊvəˈsiː/ /ˌəʊvərˈsiː/


/ˌəʊvəˈsɔː/ /ˌəʊvərˈsɔː/


/ˌəʊvəˈsiːn/ /ˌəʊvərˈsiːn/
overseeing /ˌəʊvəˈsiːɪŋ/ /ˌəʊvərˈsiːɪŋ/

How to say “oversee” and “oversaw” correctly? You can watch these videos: 

Oversee pronunciation:


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What Are The Definitions Of Oversee? How To Use Oversaw?

You can use oversaw as a past tense of oversee to describe an action or event that happened and completed in the past. Below are the meanings and how to use them correctly:

  •  Supervise or manage a job, project, or activity.

Example 1: John oversaw the construction of the new office building last year.

Example 2: The team leader oversaw the implementation of the marketing campaign.

  • To be in charge of how an amount of money is spent.

Example 1: Jennifer oversaw the budget for the company’s annual conference.

Example 2: In 2000, David was the financial manager who oversaw the expenditure of the grant funds.


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Past Tense Of Oversee

Choose the correct answer to fill in the blank:

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In 1980, Captain Reynolds _____ the expedition to Mars, ensuring the astronauts' safety and coordinating scientific research on the red planet.

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Martinez _____ the clinical trial for the groundbreaking medication and collected data this morning.

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Yesterday, the CFO visited and _____ the allocation of funds for the company's expansion project.

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By the time Sarah joined the team, the project had already been _____ by the previous manager for several months.

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Last week, the financial advisor _____ the total assets of $200 million of the client's portfolio.

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Amanda is _____ the production of the blockbuster movie, managing the cast, crew, and keeping the post-production processes. (See past tense of keep here)

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Last month, Professor Anderson ____ the research expedition to the remote island, guiding the team in their study of undiscovered species.

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What Are The Synonyms And Antonyms Of Oversee?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

  • Synonyms of the verb oversee are: supervise, manage, operate, regulate, handle, control, conduct, govern, run, administer, keep, direct, protect, tend, and guide.

(See the past tense of run here)

  • Common antonyms of the verb oversee are: ignore, forget, abandon, disregard, neglect, miss, skim, and pass over.

What Is The Noun Of Oversee?

  • The noun form of “oversee” is “oversight.” it refers to the state of being in charge of something.

Example: The committee’s primary responsibility was to have oversight over the organization’s financial matters.

  • “Overseer” can also be used as a noun form of “oversee.” It refers to a person who supervises other workers to do their work.

Example: In the plantation, the overseer watches the laborers and maintains productivity in the fields.