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

Other Words from tuition

tuitional \ tə-​ˈwish-​nəl How to pronounce tuition (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.
Recent Examples on the Web After beginning her tuition-free studies in 2012, Bass advanced legislation that would have resulted in USC and other private universities getting more federal funding. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2022 In Tucson, the University of Arizona began offering tuition-free courses to members of all 22 recognized Arizona tribes this fall, with a goal of boosting enrollment among Indigenous students. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 1 Sep. 2022 The charter school network is a subset of the district's wider public school system, encompassing 20 schools and eight campuses where roughly 7,000 students are enrolled on a tuition-free basis, the lawsuit states. Emily Mae Czachor, CBS News, 30 Aug. 2022 In the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden pledged to make public colleges and universities tuition-free for any family with income below $125,000. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 24 Aug. 2022 After graduation in 1968, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies offered Mr. Krepon tuition-free graduate classes. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 19 July 2022 The school is tuition-free and open to all children in North Carolina. Jennifer C. Braceras, National Review, 20 June 2022 Biden has proposed tuition-free college at public colleges and universities. Zack Friedman, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Tuition: After a plan for free community college failed to gain traction in Congress, New Mexico is taking the lead in the tuition-free movement. New York Times, 28 May 2022 See More

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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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“Tuition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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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