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Definition watching over students to prevent cheating during a test; or the person doing the watching

More rarely, proctor can reference a supervisor in a school dormitory. Much more rarely, in England a proctor can reference a legal or religious officer.
  • The proctor caught her cheating.
proctor = person watching over students to prevent cheating during a test
  • I have to proctor an examination on Monday.
  • Only the Elder Brother and his proctors are permitted to speak, and the proctors only for one day of every seven.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • They says: "There's several; but it's the Proctors, mainly."
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The proctor was also a stranger, and did not attempt to communicate with me in any way.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • "Hands out where I can see them," the proctor says.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • "The amiable old Proctor" — who's he?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He's got a good job workin' at Proctor and Gamble, where his main function, as far as I can tell, is kissin' up to white people.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • The day my father died, Stanley Suraweera, now a Proctor at Kegalle, was in Court when a messenger brought him the note: Mervyn has dropped dead.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • The man we all awaited was our proctor.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • There were scientific works, too, among which were represented men such as Tyndall, Proctor, and Darwin.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • THE PROCTOR SHUTS the door and takes his seat.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Maybe that's why they sent the old Proctor here — to whip our dear Lady Jessica into line.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • She proposed that Graves replace her in the biology class, and proctor the exam while she, Beasley, took Michael into a separate room and gave him the test verbally.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • James's tongue unloosed with the port, and he told his cousin his life, his prospects, his debts, his troubles at the little-go, and his rows with the proctors, filling rapidly from the bottles before him, and flying from Port to Madeira with joyous activity.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I was teasing her with this spendthrift suggestion because I knew she was happy and would enjoy being teased a little, though there was always the chance she would accept the idea and take me down to Newark to one of the great first-run movie housesLoew's State or the Branford or Proctor's—that charged twenty-five cents for admission.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Read minds and make a killing on the market... (Guild Law forbade speculation or gambling by peepers) Read minds and know the answers to all exam questions... (That was a schoolboy, unaware that Esper Proctors were hired by Examination Boards to prevent that kind of peeper-cheating) Read minds and know what people really think of me... Read minds and know which girls are willing... Read minds and be like a King... At the desk, the receptionist wearily broadcast on the widest TP band: If you can...
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • PROCTOR SUPERIOR: a Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother who is also regional director of a B.G. school.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Your Bene Gesserit proctors speak of the Kwisatz Haderach, but they cannot begin to guess the many places I have been.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Just then the proctor informs you that the time is up.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life

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