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mentor

noun men·tor \ ˈmen-ˌtȯr , -tər \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

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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Origin and Etymology of mentor

Latin, from Greek Mentōr

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mentor

verb

Definition of mentor

: 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

Definition of mentor for English Language Learners

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


mentor

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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