tu·​ition | \ tə-ˈwi-shən How to pronounce tuition (audio) , tyu̇-\

Definition of tuition

1 : the price of or payment for instruction
2 : the act or profession of teaching : instruction pursued his studies under private tuition
3 archaic : custody, guardianship

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Other Words from tuition

tuitional \ tə-​ˈwish-​nəl How to pronounce tuitional (audio) , -​ˈwi-​shə-​nᵊl , tyu̇-​ \ adjective

Examples of tuition in a Sentence

Her uncle agreed to pay part of her tuition. There's going to be a tuition increase next year. Before the company transferred her to Mexico, they offered her private tuition in Spanish.
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Account assets can now be used to pay up to $10,000 per year, per student, of private-school tuition for K-12, as long as the state sponsoring the plan concurs. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Everything You Need to Know About the New Tax Law—Before the End of the Year," 2 Nov. 2018 The foundation has started a Student Assistance Fund to help students in the alternative high school program cover college costs that fall outside of tuition. Jennifer Moody, The Seattle Times, "Fund helps college students pay for non-tuition essentials," 27 Oct. 2018 Nontraditional Employment for Women, commonly referred to as NEW, offers a tuition-free, seven-week Blue Collar Prep program, which includes classes in carpentry, electrical work, trades math, health and safety. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Yes They Can! Program Boosts Number of Women Construction Workers," 12 Feb. 2019 Platinum and diamond status drivers are also eligible for online classes at Arizona State University completely tuition-free. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber will start rewarding high-performing drivers with better earnings and free college tuition," 1 Nov. 2018 The government has said the tuition-free boarding schools relieve parents of education and living expenses and help raise Mandarin standards, which will make their children more employable. Yanan Wang And Dake Kang, Fox News, "China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west," 20 Sep. 2018 The fourth-generation Arizona resident is also planning to set forth initiatives for tuition-free community college, investments in renewable energy, and tighter gun legislation. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "David Garcia Could Be the First Latinx Governor of Arizona in 44 Years," 29 Aug. 2018 Through a volunteer, PYB president and CEO Kenny Holdsman connected with Jeanne Tchuinga, director of the Chanterelles Bilingual Secular Middle School — a tuition-free school for low-income children in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital city. Ronnie Polaneczky,, "Four Cameroonian teens are 'almost inconsolable' after being denied access to Philly basketball camp | Ronnie Polaneczky," 11 July 2018 Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign platform includes universal health care, a federal jobs guarantee, tuition-free public colleges, and perhaps most notably in recent weeks, the abolition of ICE. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Democratic Newbie Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Just Beat a 10-Term Congressman. Here's What She Stands For," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of tuition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for tuition

Middle English tuicioun protection, from Anglo-French, from Latin tuition-, tuitio, from tueri to look at, look after

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English Language Learners Definition of tuition

: money that is paid to a school for the right to study there
formal : teaching that is done especially for a single person or small group


tu·​ition | \ tu̇-ˈi-shən How to pronounce tuition (audio) , tyu̇-\

Kids Definition of tuition

: money paid for instruction (as at a college)

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