tu·​tor | \ ˈtü-tər How to pronounce tutor (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Definition of tutor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person charged with the instruction and guidance of another: such as
a : a private teacher
b : a teacher in a British university who gives individual instruction to undergraduates


tutored; tutoring; tutors

Definition of tutor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

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

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Examples of tutor in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition to his son Daniel, Mr. Kramarsky is survived by his wife, who was a math tutor in addition to being an art collector; another son, Stephen; two daughters, Laura and Anna Kramarsky; and six grandchildren. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Werner Kramarsky, Rights Official and Arts Patron, Dies at 93," 24 Aug. 2019 After the son of the poor family begins working as a tutor for the daughter of the wealthy one, the two units become increasingly intertwined — in ways that are bizarre, hilarious and ultimately tragic. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Bong Joon-ho on Enlisting South Korea's "Everyman" Superstar for 'Parasite'," 8 Sep. 2019 The project aimed to help students achieve literacy by setting up learning centers in libraries; bringing in volunteers, especially senior citizens, as tutors; employing a variety of teaching models; and capitalizing on technology. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Ed Lyell, emeritus professor, educational champion and activist, dies in Denver at 74," 4 Sep. 2019 But Mr Stewart is also a worshipper of British institutions, whose CV includes working as a tutor to Princes William and Harry and serving in the army and the Foreign Office. The Economist, "The unlikely Tory rebels," 29 Aug. 2019 Jue also plays a couple of amusingly inquisitive travelers, and Kuroda is entertainingly overbearing and passionate as a stern Esperanto tutor. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Delightful ‘Language Archive’ finds TheatreWorks on a roll," 15 July 2019 Lauren’s little genius, Xander, has a chess and science tutor. Paul Gleason, latimes.com, "These insufferable parents will do anything to get their kids into 'The Gifted School'," 3 July 2019 Blanca embraced school while raising her four children, working as a Spanish tutor at the college and as an administrative assistant at a local substance prevention organization, Sunnyside United-Unidos. Janelle Retka, The Seattle Times, "‘I feel very proud’: Immigrant parents’ dreams come true as 12 kids finish high school — and beyond," 21 June 2019 There are parents who teach kids at home loosely; and others who do a full home schooling program delivered by tutors and teachers in the home, Spriggs said. Danielle Braff, chicagotribune.com, "Home schooling on the road: Why this Chicago family packs into a big white van for life’s lessons," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Amy Nichols, who has had autoimmune issues, had tutored Trapp's son. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Weed 101: Three Indiana women want to teach doctors about medical cannabis," 29 Aug. 2019 Career coaches coordinate tutoring in math and English, which can be a major hurdle for returning students. Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, "Job Training Can Change Lives. See How San Antonio Does It.," 19 Aug. 2019 Hampton’s daughter Abby, a Mater Dei High School junior taking precalculus, is about to begin tutoring in math. Daily Pilot, "Newport moms and daughters give $30K so kids at Costa Mesa’s Shalimar Learning Center can learn to code," 13 Sep. 2019 Getting Involved Three years ago, Lester Strong, then 67, retired from a large nonprofit in Washington, where his work focused on older adults tutoring and mentoring elementary school children. Kerry Hannon, New York Times, "My Work Life Is Over. What’s Next?," 12 Sep. 2019 Zimbabweans were among the best educated people in Africa, and evenings at State House saw the prime minister personally tutoring his staff. The Economist, "Obituary: Robert Mugabe died on September 6th," 12 Sep. 2019 Lage tutored João at Benfica's famed academy where Manchester City's Bernado Silva and 2016's Golden Boy award winner Renato Sanches first cut their teeth. Daniel Gallan, CNN, "Joao Felix: Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons 'unfair' says Benfica boss," 16 Sep. 2019 Jane spent years, until the very end of her life, tutoring Asian students in English. courant.com, "Jane Blanshard," 6 Sep. 2019 Perry's National Honor Society is offering to help with household chores and tutoring for the family. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Gilbert Perry community 'heartbroken' over death of football player's mother," 27 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tutor


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for tutor


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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of tutor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a teacher who works with one student
British : a teacher at a British university who works with one student or a small group of students



English Language Learners Definition of tutor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach a single student : to teach someone as a tutor


tu·​tor | \ ˈtü-tər How to pronounce tutor (audio) , ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of tutor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a teacher who works with an individual student


tutored; tutoring

Kids Definition of tutor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach usually individually


tu·​tor | \ ˈtü-tər, ˈtyü-tər How to pronounce tutor (audio) \

Legal Definition of tutor

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

Other Words from tutor

tutorship noun

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