invigilate

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verb in·vig·i·late \in-ˈvi-jə-ˌlāt\

Definition of invigilate

invigilated

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invigilating

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

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  supervise, monitor

invigilation

play \in-ˌvi-jə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

invigilator

play \in-ˈvi-jə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

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Examples of invigilate in a Sentence

  1. He was asked to invigilate next week.

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.

Origin and Etymology of invigilate

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


INVIGILATE Defined for English Language Learners

invigilate

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Definition of invigilate for English Language Learners

  • : to watch students who are taking an examination


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