Definition of invigilate in English:



[NO OBJECT]British
  • Supervise candidates during an examination.

    ‘during exam week, all she had to do was invigilate’
    [with object] ‘every March we invigilate university examinations’
    • ‘My ex-Physics teacher who was invigilating the exam seemed a little concerned at my having finished so early and asked if I'd done all the questions, which I had.’
    • ‘The decision to reduce the amount of study leave was based on this realisation and an understanding that teachers are now able to carry on teaching since exams here are invigilated by support staff these days.’
    • ‘Teaching Unions whose members make a pretty penny from invigilating and correcting.’
    • ‘In line with the government's workload reform initiatives to cut down on the number of administrative tasks conducted by teachers, the school already uses support staff to invigilate exams, photocopy resources and put up displays.’
    • ‘They don't even have enough paper to write on - while I was invigilating an exam one day, it ran out completely.’
    • ‘The University of Zimbabwe opened this week for examinations to be held, but with temporary staff invigilating.’
    • ‘She claimed to be going off to invigilate an exam for a friend, but I sensed duplicity in the air.’
    • ‘They assisted a Grade Nine pupil at the secondary school where they were invigilating by providing answers in exchange for money.’
    • ‘Computer-based tests can be delivered anywhere via a secure computer network and are increasingly invigilated in dedicated, computer based, assessment centres at some distance from the test source’
    • ‘They won't be invigilating at the examinations.’
    • ‘Absolutely hated exams because they ‘don't represent a child's capability at all at any level’ and because she had to invigilate.’
    • ‘While invigilating the test, the examiner walks out of the room for several minutes.’
    • ‘The authority has replaced some of the practicals that the kids were required to sit and it also has reduced the number of exams that they must invigilate.’
    • ‘I was a teacher invigilating the GCSE Physics practical for the class I taught.’
    • ‘The primary method of assessment must be invigilated exams and not take-home assignments.’
    • ‘The teacher, who had been invigilating, had been looking at pictures of naked women on his computer unaware that it was sending the images to an overhead screen in full view of pupils.’
    • ‘Teachers will not invigilate at examinations and will not correct papers.’
    • ‘Instead of planning lessons, arranging field trips and invigilating exams, her short-lived teaching career lies in tatters after she foolishly became attracted to one of her pupils.’
    • ‘In Kisumu, at least 100 teachers have rejected an offer by the Kenya National Examinations Council to invigilate and supervise examinations.’
    • ‘For my professional exams, they used to have retired members of the institute invigilating.’


Mid 16th century (in the general sense ‘watch over, keep watch’): from Latin invigilat- watched over, from the verb invigilare, from in- upon, towards + vigilare watch (from vigil watchful).