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
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proctored



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 Formsproctorial (prɒkˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectiveproctorially, adverb

Word Origin for proctor

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



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."



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

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