in·​vig·​i·​late | \ in-ˈvi-jə-ˌlāt \
invigilated; invigilating

Definition of invigilate

intransitive verb

: to keep watch especially, British : to supervise students at an examination

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Other Words from invigilate

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

Watch Out for the Origin of Invigilate

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.

Examples of invigilate in a Sentence

He was asked to invigilate next week.

First Known Use of invigilate

1553, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for invigilate

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

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English Language Learners Definition of invigilate

British : to watch students who are taking an examination

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