[ in-vij-uh-leyt ]
/ ɪnˈvɪdʒ əˌleɪt /
verb (used without object), in·vig·i·lat·ed, in·vig·i·lat·ing.
to keep watch.
British. to keep watch over students at an examination.
Origin of invigilate
Related formsin·vig·i·la·tion, nounin·vig·i·la·tor, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for invigilate
/ (ɪnˈvɪdʒɪˌleɪt) /
British to watch examination candidates, esp to prevent cheatingUS word: proctor
archaic to keep watch
Derived Formsinvigilation, nouninvigilator, noun
Word Origin for invigilate
C16: from Latin invigilāre to watch over, from in- ² + vigilāre to keep watch; see vigil
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Word Origin and History for invigilate
1550s, from Latin invigilatus, past participle of invigilare "watch over, be watchful, be devoted," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + vigilare (see vigil). Especially in reference to student exams. Related: Invigilated; invigilating.
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