What does proctor mean?

Definitions for proctor
ˈprɒk tərproc·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proctor, monitorverb

    someone who supervises (an examination)

  2. invigilate, proctorverb

    watch over (students taking an exam, to prevent cheating)


  1. proctornoun

    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.

  2. proctornoun

    An official at any of several older universities

  3. proctornoun

    A legal practitioner in ecclesiastical and some other courts

  4. proctorverb

    To function as a proctor.

  5. Proctoradjective

    Pertaining to the Proctor test, a standardized test measuring soil moisture-density, especially for the requirements of construction projects: Proctor density, Proctor value.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROCTORnoun

    Etymology: contracted from procurator, Lat.

    The most clamorous for this pretended reformation, are either atheists, or else proctors suborned by atheists. Richard Hooker.

    I find him charging the inconveniencies in the payment of tythes upon the clergy and proctors. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Proctorverb

    To manage. A cant word.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I cannot proctor mine own cause so well
    To make it clear. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.


  1. Proctor

    Proctor (a variant of procurator) is a person who takes charge of, or acts for, another.The title is used in England and some other English-speaking countries in three principal contexts: In law, a proctor is a historical class of lawyers, and the King's (or Queen's) Proctor is a senior government lawyer. In religion, a proctor represents the clergy in Church of England dioceses. In education, proctor is the name of university officials in certain universities.In the United States and some other countries, the word "proctor" is frequently used to describe someone who supervises an examination (i.e. a supervisor or invigilator) or dormitory.


  1. proctor

    A proctor is a person who supervises students during an examination to ensure no cheating occurs, that rules are followed and proper procedure is upheld. They may also be responsible for verifying the identity of the test takers or controlling access to online exams. The term can also refer to an official in certain universities and colleges.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Proctornoun

    one who is employed to manage to affairs of another

  2. Proctornoun

    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

  3. Proctornoun

    an officer employed in admiralty and ecclesiastical causes. He answers to an attorney at common law, or to a solicitor in equity

  4. Proctornoun

    a representative of the clergy in convocation

  5. Proctornoun

    an officer in a university or college whose duty it is to enforce obedience to the laws of the institution

  6. Proctorverb

    to act as a proctor toward; to manage as an attorney or agent

  7. Etymology: [OE. proketour, contr. fr. procurator. See Procurator.]


  1. Proctor

    Proctor, a variant of the word procurator, is a person who takes charge of, or acts for, another. The word proctor is frequently used to describe someone who oversees an exam or dormitory. The title is used in England in three principal senses: ⁕In law, a proctor is an attorney or solicitor acting in some courts. ⁕In the church, a proctor represents the clergy in Church of England dioceses. ⁕In education, a proctor is 1) the name of university officials in certain universities, or 2) a supervisor during an exam.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Proctor

    prok′tor, n. a procurator or manager for another: an attorney in the spiritual courts: a representative of the clergy in Convocation: an official in the English universities who attends to the morals of the students and enforces university regulations.—ns. Proc′torage, Proc′torship.—adj. Proctō′rial, pertaining to a proctor: magisterial.—v.t. Proc′torise (slang), in the English universities, to summon before a proctor. [Procurator.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Proctor is ranked #977 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Proctor surname appeared 35,636 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 12 would have the surname Proctor.

    70.1% or 24,988 total occurrences were White.
    21.5% or 7,680 total occurrences were Black.
    3.1% or 1,108 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.4% or 870 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.2% or 802 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 189 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of proctor in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of proctor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of proctor in a Sentence

  1. Frederick DeCoster:

    The proctor waited to ask us if anyone tested positive for Covid or came in contact with someone who tested positive after we were already sitting grouped together, almost no one was wearing a mask, even the proctor was constantly taking it off. I didn't feel safe. Then there was a kid sitting behind me sneezing, coughing hard, breathing really heavily. If you were to describe someone with coronavirus showing all the symptoms, it would be this guy. I was really worried.

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