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tu·​tor ˈtü-tər How to pronounce tutor (audio)
: a person charged with the instruction and guidance of another: such as
: a private teacher
: a teacher in a British university who gives individual instruction to undergraduates


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tutored; tutoring; tutors

transitive verb

: to teach or guide usually individually in a special subject or for a particular purpose : coach
: to have the guardianship, tutelage, or care of

intransitive verb

: to do the work of a tutor
: to receive instruction especially privately

Example Sentences

Noun I got a tutor to help me with my homework. He is a tutor in European history. Verb She earned extra money tutoring in the evening. bought a video series designed to tutor a person in the fine art of decorating cakes
Recent Examples on the Web
OpenAI has licensed its technology to Morgan Stanley so its investment advisers can give better advice and to Khan Academy so its students have access to a chatbot tutor. David Ingram, NBC News, 16 May 2023 Chatbots like ChatGPT are used by hundreds of millions of people for an increasingly wide array of tasks, including email services, online tutors and search engines. Cade Metz, New York Times, 1 May 2023 Related Tate appeared to play to Ross’ insecurities to establish himself as the younger man’s tutor: during a November conversation, Tate berated him for a breakup with his girlfriend. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 2 Apr. 2023 Aragon is the gold standard in Los Angeles at the moment, offering three tutoring sessions daily after classes as well as Saturday school, with a total of 16 tutors hired from a private contractor and trained by staff. Palabra, al, 29 Mar. 2023 Anyone who teaches writing, or English teachers and tutors who are listening to this, know how much of teaching English is just absolute tedium. Wired Staff, WIRED, 9 Mar. 2023 That reduces tutor positions from 51 to 37, said Kim Hauer, director of human resources. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 1 Mar. 2023 Funding and sustainability concerns Even as districts fill tutor positions for now — and with state inevitable enforcement on the horizon — many school leaders like Webb are already planning for the future. Dallas News, 29 Dec. 2022 But things fall apart when Cory gets grounded for poor grades and is forced to work with a tutor, a studious classmate named Sunna. Karen Macpherson, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022
Coll also recruited dozens of college students to tutor youngsters in North Hartford. Tom Condon, Hartford Courant, 19 Dec. 2022 Coleman helped tutor former Auburn star Roger McCreary, a second-round draft pick by the Tennessee Titans earlier this year, and current Auburn freshman Robert Woodyard. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, 17 June 2022 Certified local school district teacher with 30 years experience will tutor your child via Zoom weekly in Language Arts. Anchorage Daily News, 1 Apr. 2022 The microbiome has to tutor the immune system in how to do its job properly. Carl Zimmer, Discover Magazine, 31 Mar. 2011 In the book, Kevin is a writer, and he is hired by Tom to tutor Rufus, who had been pulled from school. Felecia Wellington Radel, USA TODAY, 13 Dec. 2022 Reese has been with the Stars since 2015-16, and has not had a pupil like Oettinger to tutor. Dallas News, 27 May 2022 Millions more will be poured into one-on-one instruction, online tutoring and after-school learning programs - including $9 million to bring in outside organizations to tutor students in 100 schools over two years, according to the district. Lauren Lumpkin And Sahana Jayaraman, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Oct. 2022 With Maile off the board, Hedges could be coming back to Cleveland to tutor rookie Bo Naylor. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 28 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English tutour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin tutor, from tueri

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tutor was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tutor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutor. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
tu·​tor ˈt(y)üt-ər How to pronounce tutor (audio)
: a person who has the responsibility of instructing and guiding another


2 of 2 verb
: to teach usually individually

Legal Definition


in the civil law of Louisiana : a guardian of a minor or sometimes of a person with mental retardation compare committee, conservator, curator
tutorship noun

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