Compliance vs Oversee - What's the difference?

compliance | oversee |

As a noun compliance

is an act of complying.

As a verb oversee is

(literally) to survey, look at something in a wide angle.




  • An act of complying.
  • (uncountable) The state of being compliant.
  • (uncountable) The tendency of conforming with or agreeing to the wishes of others.
  • A measure of the extension or displacement of a loaded structure; its flexibility
  • (medicine) The accuracy with which a patient follows an agreed treatment plan
  • (uncountable, business) the department of a business that ensures all government regulations are complied with
  • Antonyms

    *(act of complying) violation




  • (literally) To survey, look at something in a wide angle.
  • (figuratively) To supervise, guide, review or direct the actions of a person or group.
  • It is congress's duty to oversee the spending of federal funds.
  • To inspect, examine
  • Gamekeepers oversee a hunting ground to see to the wildlife's welfare and look for poachers.
  • (obsolete) To fail to see; to overlook, ignore.
  • * , II.ix:
  • Thereat the Elfe did blush in priuitee, / And turnd his face away; but she the same / Dissembled faire, and faynd to ouersee .
  • To observe secretly or unintentionally.
  • Derived terms

    * overseer * oversight

    See also

    * overlook * overwatch