pro·​vost | \ ˈprō-ˌvōst How to pronounce provost (audio) , ˈprä-vəst, ˈprō-vəst, especially before another noun ˌprō-(ˌ)vō \

Definition of provost

1 : the chief dignitary of a collegiate or cathedral chapter
2 : the chief magistrate of a Scottish burgh
3 : the keeper of a prison
4 : a high-ranking university administrative officer

Examples of provost in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea, said Kenneth Elmore, dean of students and associate provost, is to discourage students from returning to campus. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "Students are still traveling for Thanksgiving break. Colleges fear they'll spread COVID.," 19 Nov. 2020 In addition to being Valencia’s provost, Plinske is the college’s executive vice president and the president of the Osceola, Lake Nona, and Poinciana campuses. Annie Martin,, "Valencia provost to become college’s first female president," 18 Dec. 2020 Cornell chose a front-of-the-nose swab rather than the more invasive nasopharyngeal version, said Gary Koretzky, a professor of medicine and vice provost, to increase student compliance. Washington Post, "Lessons from the pandemic fall: Infections are rare in classrooms, not off campus," 10 Dec. 2020 Julia Jasken, the school’s provost, will be stepping up to take his place. Kristen Griffith,, "Navigating the pandemic: From online learning to hybrid mode, ‘frustrating’ year for Carroll County Public Schools," 29 Dec. 2020 Kathleen Plinske, Valencia College’s executive vice president and provost, has been tapped to become the institution’s next president, the first woman to serve in that role. Annie Martin,, "Valencia provost to become college’s first female president," 18 Dec. 2020 This revenue stream isn’t as relevant at UT-Austin, which has worked since March to pivot to a hybrid format that can engage the international community, said Sonia Feigenbaum, its vice provost for global engagement. Brittany Britto,, "International student enrollment has dropped at San Antonio’s universities," 3 Dec. 2020 Campbell County's move into a red zone, or critical, status for coronavirus cases on Thursday, was why Northern Kentucky University moved nearly all classes online, according to a release from Sue Ott Rowlands, provost. Chris Mayhew, The Enquirer, "Northern Kentucky University goes virtual due to NKY coronavirus spike," 31 Oct. 2020 Youlonda Copeland-Morgan, vice provost for enrollment management, said the campus began getting a flood of calls after the pandemic hit from students reporting growing financial distress. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA Foundation steps in with $5 million for students struggling amid the pandemic," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of provost

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for provost

Middle English, from Old English profost & Anglo-French provost, from Medieval Latin propositus, alteration of praepositus, from Latin, one in charge, director, from past participle of praeponere to place at the head — more at preposition

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“Provost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of provost

US : an official of high rank at a university
British : the head of a college at a university
: the head of a Scottish town

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