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 for superintend
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.
     [1913 Webster]
           The king may appoint a council, who may superintend the
           works of this nature.                    --Bacon.
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
            [1913 Webster]

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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