American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A supervisor especially of an examination or dormitory in a school.
- v. To supervise (an examination).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who is employed to manage the affairs of another; a procurator.
- n. Specifically, a person employed to manage another's cause in a court of civil or ecclesiastical law, as in the court of admiralty or a spiritual court. Proctors discharged duties similar to those of solicitors and attorneys in other courts. The term is also used in some American courts for practitioners performing functions in admiralty and in probate corresponding to those of attorneys at law.
- n. One of the representatives of the clergy in the Convocations of the two provinces of Canterbury and York in the Church of England. They are elected by the cathedral chapters and the clergy of a diocese or an archdeaconry.
- n. An official in a university or college whose function it is to see that good order is kept. In the universities of Oxford and Cambridge the proctors are two officers chosen from among the masters of arts.
- n. A keeper of a spital-house; a liar.
- n. One who collected alms for lepers or others unable to beg in person.
- To manage as an attorney or pleader.
- To hector; swagger; bully. Forby, quoted in Halliwell.
- n. US A person who supervises students as they take an examination, in the United States at the college/university level; often the department secretary, or a fellow/graduate student.
- n. UK An official at any of several older universities
- n. UK, law A legal practitioner in ecclesiastical and some other courts
- v. US To function as a proctor.
- v. transitive To manage as an attorney or agent.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A person appointed to collect alms for those who could not go out to beg for themselves, as lepers, the bedridden, etc.; hence a beggar.
- n. (Eng. Law) An officer employed in admiralty and ecclesiastical causes. He answers to an
attorneyat common law, or to a solicitorin equity.
- n. (Ch. of Eng.) A representative of the clergy in convocation.
- n. An officer in a university or college whose duty it is to enforce obedience to the laws of the institution.
- v. To act as a proctor toward; to manage as an attorney or agent.
- v. watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)
- n. someone who supervises (an examination)
- Middle English procutor, proctour, university officer, manager, from procuratour; see procurator. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I call the proctor again and guess what, the PC now had to be restarted.”
“You know the one: you're late for the final, can't remember where it was supposed to be held, forgot to cram for it anyway, and when you finally get there you're naked, the proctor is your great aunt Helen in a black corset with red trim, and she intends to punish you severely, young man if you haven't brought three sharpened #2 pencils -”
“I got a bit alarmed and called the proctor, he happily clicked the 'close' button on the error and asked me to proceed.”
“When the proctor working point of the mop-squad covering that wing of the Seat stuck his head into that 'fresher, he found another "proctor" already there.”
“Teachers typically proctor their own students' tests, especially in the early grades, to make students more comfortable.”
“Before we could begin, the test proctor checked our identification.”
“To address the cheating issue in particular, Priebatsch looked at his alma mater's adoption of an honor code for exams, designed for students to police themselves and each other -- and noted that the paradigm shift created by the test becoming "the enemy," rather than an instructor or other proctor placed in the enforcer role, dramatically reduced instances of cheating.”
“In May, I will be a good soldier and proctor these exams and encourage students to do their best and bring them healthy snacks and tell funny stories during breaks to get them through the tedium of filling in hundreds of multiple choice bubbles.”
“Tons of kids age out of foster care, and a lot of the times group homes and sometimes even proctor and foster homes treat kids like a living paycheck and don't have their interests at heart at all.”
“The investigation found no testing violation at Stanton but concluded that one teacher — whom officials would not identify — should no longer proctor tests.”
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