If your mother asks you to supervise your little brother and his friends, it means she'd like you to keep an eye on them.

The verb supervise has origins in the Latin word supervidere, from super-, meaning “over” and videre, meaning “to see.” When you supervise something, it means you oversee the project, managing the people working on it, perhaps by figuring out what needs to be done, assigning the work, and making sure it gets done properly. You serve as the boss when you supervise; other people are the workers.

Definitions of supervise
  1. verb
    watch and direct
    synonyms: manage, oversee, superintend
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    order, supervise, or finance the construction of
    type of:
    administer, administrate
    work in an administrative capacity; supervise or be in charge of
  2. verb
    keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance
    synonyms: monitor
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    sleuth, snoop, spy, stag
    watch, observe, or inquire secretly
    type of:
    watch attentively
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