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
More example sentences
  • 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.


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').



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.


More example sentences
  • 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.

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