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 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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Wolf’s proposals include limiting enrollment – especially to online charter schools – since the state picks up the tab for tuition, draining money from public education. Seth A. Richardson,, "Trump promotes fracking at Pennsylvania cracker plant: The Flyover," 14 Aug. 2019 The cost for tuition, school fees and childcare in the Bay Area was up 10.3 percent between June 2018 and June 2019, outpacing the cost of all other goods. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Living expenses grew faster than wages in the Bay Area," 8 Aug. 2019 But unlike some of the other candidates on the stage, that's not just for tuition. NBC News, "Democratic debate transcript: July 30, 2019," 31 July 2019 Sanders is back in the race for 2020, staking ground as an avatar of the party’s left with his calls for free college tuition and Medicare for all. Melissa Gomez,, "Who are the Democratic candidates for president?," 8 July 2019 The contract also specifies the employer must help pay for tuition if an employee has to attend school for training. Melissa Hellmann, The Seattle Times, "As Seattle’s new hotels roll out automation to serve guests, workers worry," 18 May 2019 The lack of familial support left him short $20,000 for tuition at Georgetown University, which had accepted him for its Class of 2022, Owen said. Fox News, "College fund grows for gay teen who clashed with parents," 3 Aug. 2018 My father became an engineer through free tuition at Cooper Union, working on iconic projects in his home town: the Hayden Planetarium and the George Washington Bridge. Longreads, "An Ocean Away From the Sanctuary of Manhattan, Signs of Peaceful Coexistence," 29 July 2019 And for many low-income students, tuition is just the tip of the iceberg. Krista Torralva,, "Texas A&M San Antonio puts its free tuition plan on ‘fast track’ in wake of UT announcement," 28 July 2019

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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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