proc·​tor | \ ˈpräk-tər How to pronounce proctor (audio) \
plural proctors

Definition of proctor

: someone who supervises or monitors students:
a US : someone who oversees student examinations His first job was as a proctor in Harlem, making sure nobody cheated on entrance exams.The New York Times
b British : an officer at a university who is responsible especially for disciplinary measures At night proctors patrolled the street and dogged your steps if you tried to go into any haunt where the presence of vice was suspected.— Samuel Butler

— see also proctorial, proctorship

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Other Words from proctor

proctor transitive + intransitive verb proctored; proctoring; proctors
proctor an exam Some of the teachers volunteered to proctor.

Examples of proctor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Anyone who takes a test will be provided with a remote proctor via eMed, eliminating the need to go to a traditional testing facility. cleveland, "Ohio to purchase 2 million rapid coronavirus tests to send to local health departments," 21 Jan. 2021 Actor Felicity Huffman served nearly two weeks in prison last year for paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter’s SAT answers. Alanna Durkin Richer, Chron, "Lori Loughlin released after prison term in college scam," 28 Dec. 2020 Thousands of college students have signed petitions to cancel online-proctor deals in California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington state. Washington Post, "Cheating-detection companies made millions during the pandemic. Now students are fighting back.," 12 Nov. 2020 Hauser, 59, of Los Angeles, paid admissions consultant Rick Singer, who has pleaded guilty, $40,000 to have someone pose as his daughter’s ACT proctor and secretly correct her answers in 2016, authorities said in court documents. Washington Post, "New York police officer spied for China, federal prosecutors allege," 22 Sep. 2020 Maybe our proctor had a roll of duct tape with him. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "2022 Volkswagen Taos Previews an Important New Engine for VW," 6 Oct. 2020 In teacherless classrooms, students take virtual lessons while a proctor or substitute maintains order. Maya Goldman, WSJ, "Schools Reopen to In-Person Learning, but Teachers Work From Home," 28 Sep. 2020 The proctor, Mark Riddell, has also pleaded guilty. Washington Post, "New York police officer spied for China, federal prosecutors allege," 22 Sep. 2020 In the second, David rises up the social ladder to become a proctor of law. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Personal History of David Copperfield and Emma Are Perfect Movies for a Pandemic," 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of proctor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for proctor

Middle English procutour procurator, proctor, alteration of procuratour

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The first known use of proctor was in the 15th century

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29 Jan 2021

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“Proctor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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