Scrutiny vs Supervise - What's the difference?

scrutiny | supervise |

As verbs the difference between scrutiny and supervise

is that scrutiny is (obsolete|rare) to scrutinize while supervise is .

As a noun scrutiny

is intense study of someone or something.



Alternative forms

* (l)


  • Intense study of someone or something.
  • * Milton
  • Thenceforth I thought thee worth my nearer view / And narrower scrutiny .
  • Thorough inspection of a situation or a case.
  • An examination of catechumens, in the last week of Lent, who were to receive baptism on Easter Day.
  • A ticket, or little paper billet, on which a vote is written.
  • An examination by a committee of the votes given at an election, for the purpose of correcting the poll.
  • Synonyms

    * examination * exploration * going-over (informal) * inquiry * inspection * investigation * perusal * probe * scan * survey * study


  • (obsolete, rare) To scrutinize.
  • supervise



  • To direct, manage, or oversee; to be in charge
  • *, chapter=19
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.}}
  • (obsolete) To look over so as to read; to peruse.
  • * 1590 , , IV. ii. 120:
  • Let me supervise the canzonet.