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mentor

noun men·tor \ ˈmen-ˌtȯr , -tər \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of mentor

1 capitalized : a friend of Odysseus entrusted with the education of Odysseus' son Telemachus
2 a : a trusted counselor or guide
  • a mentor who, because he is detached and disinterested, can hold up a mirror to us
  • —P. W. Keve
b : tutor, coach
  • The student sought a mentor in chemistry.

mentorship

play \ˈmen-ˌtȯr-ˌship, -tər-\ noun

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Examples of mentor in a Sentence

  1. After college, her professor became her close friend and mentor.

  2. He needed a mentor to teach him about the world of politics.

  3. We volunteer as mentors to disadvantaged children.

  4. young boys in need of mentors

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Did You Know?

We acquired "mentor" from the literature of ancient Greece. In Homer's epic The Odyssey, Odysseus was away from home fighting and journeying for 20 years. During that time, Telemachus, the son he left as a babe in arms, grew up under the supervision of Mentor, an old and trusted friend. When the goddess Athena decided it was time to complete the education of young Telemachus, she visited him disguised as Mentor and they set out together to learn about his father. Today, we use the word mentor for anyone who is a positive, guiding influence in another (usually younger) person's life.

Origin and Etymology of mentor

Latin, from Greek Mentōr


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mentor

verb

Definition of mentor

transitive verb
: to serve as a mentor for : tutor

Examples of mentor in a Sentence

  1. The young intern was mentored by the country's top heart surgeon.

  2. Our program focuses on mentoring teenagers.

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Origin and Etymology of mentor


Mentor

geographical name Men·tor \ ˈmen-tər \

Definition of Mentor

city in northeastern Ohio northeast of Cleveland population 47,159

MENTOR Defined for English Language Learners

mentor

noun

Definition of mentor for English Language Learners

  • : someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person


mentor

verb

Definition of mentor for English Language Learners

  • : to teach or give advice or guidance to (someone, such as a less experienced person or a child) : to act as a mentor for (someone)



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