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  1. a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations.
  2. an official charged with various duties, especially with the maintenance of good order.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to supervise or monitor.
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Origin of proctor

1350–1400; Middle English; contracted variant of procurator
Related formsproc·to·ri·al [prok-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /prɒkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectiveproc·to·ri·al·ly, adverbproc·tor·ship, nounsub·proc·tor, nounsub·proc·to·ri·al, adjectivesub·proc·tor·ship, nounun·proc·tored, adjective
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  • He ducked a proctor in a water-butt and the dons were very cross about it.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • To explain his hurried departure, Proctor told what called him away.


    Charles James Lever

  • "Her maid has just seen you, sir," suggested Proctor, mildly.

  • Yet Mr Proctor was not lulled into incaution by this seeming calm.

    The Rector

    Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

  • She did not look very ill to Mr Proctor's inexperienced eyes.

    The Rector

    Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

British Dictionary definitions for proctor


  1. a member of the teaching staff of any of certain universities having the duties of enforcing discipline
  2. US (in a college or university) a supervisor or monitor who invigilates examinations, enforces discipline, etc
  3. (formerly) an agent, esp one engaged to conduct another's case in a court
  4. (formerly) an agent employed to collect tithes
  5. Church of England one of the elected representatives of the clergy in Convocation and the General Synod
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  1. (tr) US to invigilate (an examination)
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Derived Formsproctorial (prɒkˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectiveproctorially, adverb

Word Origin

C14: syncopated variant of procurator
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Word Origin and History for proctor


late 14c., contraction of procurator (c.1300) "steward or manager of a household;" also "a provider" (see procurator). From late 14c. as "one who acts or speaks for another; spokesman, advocate;" early 15c. as "business manager or financial administrator of a church, college, holy order, etc."

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1670s, from proctor (n.). Related: Proctored; proctoring.

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