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apprentice

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noun, often attributive ap·pren·tice \ə-ˈpren-təs\

Definition of apprentice

  1. 1a :  one bound by indenture (see 1indenture 1a(3)) to serve another for a prescribed period with a view to learning an art or tradeb :  one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art, or calling a carpenter's apprentice

  2. 2 :  an inexperienced person :  novice an apprentice in cooking

apprenticeship

play \-tə(sh)-ˌship, -təs-ˌship\ noun

Examples of apprentice in a Sentence

  1. decided to be an apprentice to an electrician after he graduated

  2. aware that she's only an apprentice in the medical field, she readily defers to her more experienced colleagues

Recent Examples of apprentice from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of apprentice

Middle English aprentis, from Anglo-French apprentiz, from aprendre to learn, from Latin apprendere, apprehendere —see apprehend


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apprentice

verb ap·pren·tice

Definition of apprentice

apprenticed

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apprenticing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to set at work as an apprentice; especially :  to bind to an apprenticeship by contract or indenture

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to serve as an apprentice

Examples of apprentice in a Sentence

  1. He apprenticed with a master carpenter for two years.

Recent Examples of apprentice from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of apprentice

see 1apprentice



APPRENTICE Defined for English Language Learners

apprentice

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noun

Definition of apprentice for English Language Learners

  • : a person who learns a job or skill by working for a fixed period of time for someone who is very good at that job or skill

apprentice

verb

Definition of apprentice for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) an apprentice

  • : to work as an apprentice


APPRENTICE Defined for Kids

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apprentice

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noun ap·pren·tice \ə-ˈpren-təs\

Definition of apprentice for Students

  1. :  a person who is learning a trade or art by experience under a skilled worker


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apprentice

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verb ap·pren·tice

Definition of apprentice for Students

apprenticed

;

apprenticing

  1. :  to set at work as an apprentice He was apprenticed to a carpenter.



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