Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One authorized to manage the affairs of another; an agent.
  • n. An employee of the Roman emperor in civil affairs, especially in finance and taxes, in management of imperial estates and properties, and in governing minor provinces.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tax collector.
  • n. An agent or attorney.
  • n. A legal officer who both investigates and prosecutes crimes, found in some inquisitorial legal systems, particularly communist or formerly communist states – see public procurator

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who manages another's affairs, either generally or in a special matter; an agent; a proctor.
  • n. A governor of a province under the emperors; also, one who had charge of the imperial revenues in a province.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The manager of another's affairs; one who acts for or instead of another, and under his authority: especially, one who undertakes the care of any legal proceedings for another, and stands in his place; a proctor; an agent; in Scotland, one who represents a party in the inferior courts.
  • n. In Roman history, a financial agent or manager in an imperial province, corresponding to the questor in a senatorial province; also, an administrator of the imperial fiscus, or treasury, or one of certain other personal agents or representatives of the emperor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person authorized to act for another
  • n. (ancient Rome) someone employed by the Roman Emperor to manage finance and taxes

Etymologies

Middle English procuratour, from Old French, from Latin prōcūrātor, from prōcūrāre, to take care of; see procure.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Latin procurator, from prōcūrō ("I procure") (English procure). Surface analysis is procure +‎ -ator. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • See also: proctor.

    May 9, 2008

  • c1300 St. Brendan (Laud) 361 in C. Horstmann Early S.-Eng. Legendary (1887) 229 This procuratour heom cam ayghein and welcomede heom a-non, And custe seint brendanes fet and the Monekes echon.

    April 19, 2008