Definition of proctor in English:

proctor

noun

  • 1North American A person who monitors students during an examination.

    • ‘The exam was scheduled to begin at 9 AM, but the proctors in the ‘special’ room did not hand out the test papers until closer to 10.’
    • ‘Mr. Landon had called out sick, and the proctor assigned to our 8th period Literature class dismissed us early for the weekend.’
    • ‘I don't stay in the room the whole time like a regular proctor.’
    • ‘The ritual started more than eight months earlier at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., when combat control proctors realized he wasn't being physically challenged.’
    • ‘The proctor will administer tests and act as liaison with Purdue University.’
    • ‘I took a deep breath, when the proctor asked me if I wanted to do my solo, scales or sight reading first.’
    • ‘The proctor mailed the completed student exams and assignments to the instructor in a postage paid envelope that the proctor received with the exam.’
    • ‘A proctor read the scales out loud to the students with learning disabilities, since their reading levels were generally low and they tended to have difficulty with the instructions.’
    • ‘Assuming everything checks out, the proctor records the fingerprints (some number of them) of the person and he is issued a V-ID card.’
    • ‘When you get thousands of students writing an exam in the gym, the number of proctors are simply never enough to prevent the determined cheaters.’
    • ‘Tristyn cautiously pulled out her small box of colored pencils, taking precautions not to disturb the proctor.’
    • ‘Because the participants were told that they had to answer every question, even if they had to guess, the proctor informed them when half the allotted time had elapsed so that they could pace their remaining responses as required.’
    • ‘In reality, the examiners help the proctors in all the counting and recounting, both to save time and because it's also their necks on the line if anything goes missing.’
    • ‘When a proctor admitted us into the exam room, single file, he checked my ID and directed me to table number 14.’
    • ‘This resolves many issues, mainly the increasing issue of false fire-alarms, proctor issues and abnormal waiting periods between exams.’
    • ‘Yesterday they posted the tentative list of accepted ACET proctors, and I was one of them!’
    • ‘When instructors are not acting as proctors or detectives hoping to stifle cheating or ferret out dishonest students, some are dreaming up schemes of their own.’
    • ‘Whether he's using his digital kung-fu skills to single-handedly stomp an army of simulacra or engaging in sweaty coitus with Carrie-Anne Moss, he looks about as concerned as your average high school exam proctor.’
  • 2British An officer (usually one of two) at certain universities, appointed annually and having mainly disciplinary functions.

    • ‘Anyone found to have breached university regulations on computer use would be referred to the proctors, and would be subject to investigation.’
    • ‘Chief proctor and Head of the Department of Urdu of Government Raza PT College, Khan had devoted his life to the service of Urdu.’
    • ‘I suspect that she, or her proctor, used this phrasing because it was just vague enough to make its defamatory value uncertain, even under the emerging rules in the London consistory.’
    • ‘They have been called before the proctors after they violated the University regulations by exposing flaws in the University IT security system.’
    • ‘The pair feel they have been treated harshly but are co-operating with college authorities, confessing their actions to university proctors.’
    • ‘A Calvinist proctor in the nineteenth century had noticed its contributors were all insubordinates and shut it down: by fines or flogging where possible, arson where not.’
    • ‘The police and proctors have been informed, and College has been liaising with both on the appropriate measures to be followed.’
    • ‘He held various university posts during this time including proctor and he received a number of degrees such as M.A. in 1323 and B.Th. some time before 1333.’
    • ‘He was known for his mysterious changes in status, for at one time he might be a lackey, the next a noble, then a musketeer to an abbe or all the way to being a proctor.’
    • ‘The memoirs note the nightly patrols by proctors searching for students, an offence liable to bring hefty fines and other impositions.’
    • ‘The kilt ban was sparked after university proctors - officials responsible for student discipline - complained about the variety of flamboyant clothing being worn to graduations.’
    • ‘Any students enrolled in the program will require a proctor at their plant or office location.’
    • ‘Yang Yang says she hasn't had too many unpleasant dealings as of yet, but that previous proctors have had their share of altercations with unhappy simpletons.’
    • ‘On the morning of the seventh day - as my exhausted hand added the last feeble marks of punctuation - the proctor (to whom the local constabulary had given permission to re-enter the building) returned.’
    • ‘The Vice Chancellor, proctor and many faculty members, scholars of AMU were present at the funeral.’
    • ‘Part of the thrill is eluding the proctors who scan the rooftops late at night, listening for the scrape of heels.’
    • ‘Breaking the code could result in a £70 fine from the university proctors.’

verb

North american
  • Serve as a proctor.

    • ‘The students are taking the exam in two different rooms, so I did not want to proctor.’

Origin

Late Middle English: contraction of procurator.

Pronunciation:

proctor

/ˈpräktər/