apprentice

noun, often attributive
ap·​pren·​tice | \ ə-ˈpren-təs How to pronounce apprentice (audio) \

Definition of apprentice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one bound by indenture (see indenture entry 1 sense 1a(3)) to serve another for a prescribed period with a view to learning an art or trade
b : one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers a trade, art, or calling a carpenter's apprentice — compare journeyman sense 1, master entry 1 sense 1c
2 : an inexperienced person : novice an apprentice in cooking

apprentice

verb
apprenticed; apprenticing

Definition of apprentice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to set at work as an apprentice especially : to bind to an apprenticeship by contract or indenture

intransitive verb

: to serve as an apprentice

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Examples of apprentice in a Sentence

Noun decided to be an apprentice to an electrician after he graduated aware that she's only an apprentice in the medical field, she readily defers to her more experienced colleagues Verb He apprenticed with a master carpenter for two years.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After all, who better to serve as an apprentice to the most accomplished quarterback of all-time than perhaps the most patient understudy of all-time? Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "If Bucs take Kyle Trask, he’ll end up as best quarterback in the NFL Draft | Commentary," 27 Apr. 2021 Kyrin Taylor, a 23-year-old electrician who had been working as an apprentice since December at Cooper Power & Lighting Corp., came to work on April 20 to find a noose hanging in his workspace in Farmingdale, his lawyer told CNN on Monday. CNN, "A Black electrician found a noose hanging in his workspace in New York's Long Island, attorney says," 27 Apr. 2021 As players move the young apprentice around the land of Estonia, the words of Izzy’s narration scroll across the background as though written by an invisible skywriter. Washington Post, "‘Lost Words: Beyond the Page’ combines video game and storybook magic for young audiences," 26 Apr. 2021 And yet months after his wife’s suicide, Air Force records show, Carrillo was serving as an apprentice in Phoenix Raven, an elite Air Force security unit that is dispatched to protect aircraft and air crews in global hotspots. oregonlive, "How an active duty airman tried to start a civil war," 17 Apr. 2021 The church was built by German-American architect Hermann Gaul, an apprentice of Chicago architect Lewis Sullivan. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, "Bell tower renovation honors late pastor: ‘Bells are the voice of the church’," 26 Mar. 2021 Savannah Durham, an apprentice at City Ballet, seemed to be on the brink of signing her corps de ballet contract when the pandemic hit. New York Times, "Ballet Is Hard Enough. What Happens When You Lose a Year?," 10 Mar. 2021 The Seafarers International Union is searching nationally for 300 apprentice workers on the vessels they are contracted to crew. Anchorage Daily News, "Seafarers union looks to Alaska as it seeks hundreds of apprentice workers on contracted vessels," 13 Apr. 2021 Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, protect the former queen from political separatists. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The new limit, which was first reported by Military.com, only applies to apprentice ranks E3 and below, which are typically younger soldiers. Paul Best, Fox News, "Naval Air Station Pensacola limits beer sales to young sailors," 6 Mar. 2021 Master this section and move on to apprentice as a pastry chef. Dallas News, "Our 13 favorite baking cookbooks of 2020," 3 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, 55-year-old Mike Smith won the final two races to join Juan Hernandez and apprentice Alexis Centeno as one of three jockeys with two wins on the first day of the 15-day meeting. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Just enough for a Del Mar stakes victory," 31 Oct. 2020 From the line to apprentice Thompson and Tran exemplify why GM has the program in place. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "2 GM apprentices stopped the show with demonstration for Ivanka Trump," 2 Sep. 2020 As Moroni got sicker, Roy’s job expanded to apprentice, studio caretaker and legacy builder. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Facing terminal cancer, Minneapolis artist Aldo Moroni is fighting to finish one last epic work.," 7 Aug. 2020 Each worker in any position has the opportunity to, say, apprentice on the farms, learn about beekeeping and be a part of some potential future growth. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "In Englewood, an accidental restaurateur combines the farm with the table," 10 Mar. 2020 Officials for the school and the foundation say the two organizations have a long and storied relationship, which began when Soleri apprenticed with Wright at Taliesin and Taliesin West in the 1940s. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture to change name, moves to Arcosanti," 9 June 2020 She and a photographer got permission from the city Department of Correction, which runs Hart Island, to revisit the tragic place where Riis had apprenticed. CBS News, "NYC island used to bury unclaimed coronavirus victims has long history of "stories that are not told"," 13 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of apprentice

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1596, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for apprentice

Noun and Verb

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

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“Apprentice.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apprentice. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for apprentice

apprentice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of apprentice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of apprentice (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make (someone) an apprentice
: to work as an apprentice

apprentice

noun
ap·​pren·​tice | \ ə-ˈpren-təs How to pronounce apprentice (audio) \

Kids Definition of apprentice

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

apprentice

verb
apprenticed; apprenticing

Kids Definition of apprentice (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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