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[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 object), verb (used without object)
to supervise or monitor.
Origin of proctor
1350-1400; Middle English; contracted variant of procurator
Related forms
[prok-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /prɒkˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
proctorially, adverb
proctorship, noun
subproctor, noun
subproctorial, adjective
subproctorship, noun
unproctored, adjective Unabridged
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  • A proctor and several instructors had come down to the shed, and the situation had to be explained to them.

    The Rover Boys in the Air Edward Stratemeyer
  • He ducked a proctor in a water-butt and the dons were very cross about it.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • For a minute or so neither spoke, then proctor picked up his cap.

  • "Then you can get Mr. Tooke to tell you about Phil, if you want nothing else," said Mr. proctor.

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
  • Twilight was now setting in, when a strange man called at the proctor's and said he wished to speak with Mr. M'Carthy.

    The Tithe-Proctor William Carleton
  • Mr. proctor came down this morning as Hugh was catching Harry in the passage.

    The Crofton Boys Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for proctor


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
(transitive) (US) to invigilate (an examination)
Derived Forms
proctorial (prɒkˈtɔːrɪəl) adjective
proctorially, 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."


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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