Definition of invigilate in English:


Line breaks: in|vigi|late
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɪdʒɪleɪt


[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
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    • In Kisumu, at least 100 teachers have rejected an offer by the Kenya National Examinations Council to invigilate and supervise examinations.
    • They won't be invigilating at the examinations.
    • Teachers will not invigilate at examinations and will not correct papers.



Pronunciation: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Courses were run by the local centre, while university staff made regular visits for the purposes of moderation, invigilation and staff development.
  • Further, his Honour Mr Justice Mason observed that his Honour Judge Phegan acquitted the appellant of negligence as regards the failure to provide around the clock invigilation.
  • We will be following up this with, among other things, a boycott of all quality assurance procedures and processes, as well as a withdrawal from exam invigilation and a ban on marking.


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  • Thanks to the local registrar, our local examiners, supervisors and invigilators who did an excellent job.
  • When the journal Nature sent a team of invigilators to the laboratory, he was unable to replicate his findings.
  • I have actually met some of the on-the-ground invigilators of the International Atomic Energy Agency, tough and cynical guys who say that the agreement is being properly observed.


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').

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