[ prok-ter ]
/ ˈprɒk tər /


a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations.
an official charged with various duties, especially with the maintenance of good order.

verb (used with or without object)

to supervise or monitor.

Origin of proctor

1350–1400; Middle English; contracted variant of procurator

OTHER WORDS FROM proctor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for proctor

/ (ˈprɒktə) /


a member of the teaching staff of any of certain universities having the duties of enforcing discipline
US (in a college or university) a supervisor or monitor who invigilates examinations, enforces discipline, etc
(formerly) an agent, esp one engaged to conduct another's case in a court
(formerly) an agent employed to collect tithes
Church of England one of the elected representatives of the clergy in Convocation and the General Synod


(tr) US to invigilate (an examination)

Derived forms of proctor

proctorial (prɒkˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectiveproctorially, adverb

Word Origin for proctor

C14: syncopated variant of procurator
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