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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>

Origin and Etymology of apprentice

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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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.

Origin and Etymology of apprentice

see 1apprentice


First Known Use: 1596



APPRENTICE Defined for English Language Learners

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apprentice

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

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


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apprentice

verb ap·pren·tice

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

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apprenticing

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



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