tu·​ition | \tə-ˈwi-shən, 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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tuitional \tə-​ˈwish-​nəl, -​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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From its 1789 founding to its nearly $40,000 annual tuition to the nine-hole golf course that doubles as the school’s front lawn, Prep has all the trappings and accouterments of an elite institution. Jason Zengerle, Town & Country, "Brett Kavanaugh and the Private School Pecking Order," 16 Oct. 2018 In several European countries—including Germany, Finland, and Norway—public institutions offer free tuition. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 What did the school have to say for itself after such a glaring error that actually had several huge repercussions (keeping in mind that all Texas public high school’s top students were guaranteed one-year free tuition)? Breanna Edwards, The Root, "High School Valedictorian Stripped of Ranking Due to an Administrative Error, but She Thinks It's Retaliation for Critical Graduation Speech," 2 July 2018 This time around, the tuition comes from my retirement savings. Joyce Maynard, Vogue, "46 Years Ago, I Left Yale for J.D. Salinger—This Fall, I’m Returning," 13 Sep. 2018 Through the generosity of donors, SYSO is able to keep tuition at affordable rates, ranging from $280-$420 for the entire season. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lincoln-Way cadets take 3rd at national academic bowl," 12 July 2018 His 6-foot-11 son, Marvin Bagley III, attended Sierra Canyon High, a private school with a tuition of $36,250 that educates the children of Hollywood stars. Mark Zeigler,, "Puma jumping into basketball is good for players, but it is good for the game?," 5 July 2018 With an annual tuition of more than $45,400 a year, the school has attracted the children of celebrities and offers scholarships to students from lower-income families. NBC News, "Elite NYC private school ends separating students by race," 5 July 2018 The South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union recently awarded 15 four-year, full-tuition scholarships to local students during the 23rd annual Hubert O. Sibley Scholarship Ceremony. Adrianne Richardson, miamiherald, "Credit union awards 15 four-year, full-tuition scholarships," 3 July 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

: teaching that is done especially for a single person or small group


tu·​ition | \tu̇-ˈi-shən, tyu̇-\

Kids Definition of tuition

: money paid for instruction (as at a college)

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