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invigilate

play
verb in·vig·i·late \in-ˈvi-jə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of invigilate

  • : to watch students who are taking an examination

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of invigilate

invigilatedinvigilating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to keep watch; especially British :  to supervise students at an examination

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  supervise, monitor

invigilation play \-ˌvi-jə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
invigilator play \-ˈvi-jə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

Examples of invigilate in a sentence

  1. He was asked to invigilate next week.



Did You Know?

Invigilate is a descendant of the Latin verb vigilare, meaning "to stay awake." As you may have guessed, vigilare is the ancestor of our adjective vigilant ("alertly watchful"), and it also gives us reveille ("a signal to wake up in the morning," via French reveiller) and surveillance ("close watch, supervision," via French survéiller). Invigilate has been a part of the English language since the mid-16th century.

Origin of invigilate

Latin invigilatus, past participle of invigilare to stay awake, be watchful, from in- + vigilare to stay awake — more at vigilant


First Known Use: 1553


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