Oversee vs Surveil - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between oversee and surveil
is that oversee
is (literally) to survey, look at something in a wide angle while surveil
is (nonstandard) to keep someone or something under surveillance.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(literally) To survey, look at something in a wide angle.
(figuratively) To supervise, guide, review or direct the actions of a person or group.
To inspect, examine
- It is congress's duty to oversee the spending of federal funds.
(obsolete) To fail to see; to overlook, ignore.
* , II.ix:
- Gamekeepers oversee a hunting ground to see to the wildlife's welfare and look for poachers.
To observe secretly or unintentionally.
- Thereat the Elfe did blush in priuitee, / And turnd his face away; but she the same / Dissembled faire, and faynd to ouersee .
(nonstandard) To keep someone or something under surveillance.
:The plaintiff also stresses that the store as a whole, and the customer exits especially, were closely surveilled .
::Alexandre of London v. Indem. Ins. Co., 182 F. Supp. 748, 750 (United States District Court for the District of Columbia) (1960), cited in
Bryan A. Garner. A Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2nd ed., 2001) p. 861