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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web But, by law, more than half of all the money is going directly to students – sometimes to meet tuition needs, but often, in the form of a check. Robin Goist, cleveland, 20 July 2021 Through Kentucky's dual-credit scholarship, tuition is covered for the first six credit hours a student takes. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, 20 July 2021 President Joe Biden is pushing a proposal to direct $39 billion to historically Black colleges to subsidize tuition., 19 July 2021 The Scarpos demanded refunds of donations and tuition. al, 19 July 2021 Minnesota's largest private college, the University of St. Thomas, is using incentives such as gift cards, tuition discounts and professional development money to encourage students and employees to get vaccinated. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, 17 July 2021 But for low-income students, tuition was already essentially covered. Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2021 The cost of daycare is more expensive than public college tuition in at least 28 states—including Massachusetts, where Lauren Trivellini lives with her husband and two children under the age of five. Abby Vesoulis, Time, 16 July 2021 Indiana Tech awarded Bockstahler a full-tuition scholarship in 2020 for her good deeds. Jeff Vorva,, 15 July 2021

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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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The first known use of tuition was in the 15th century

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22 Jul 2021

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“Tuition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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