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

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 British tutor Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam struggle with cultural differences after Anna arrives at the royal palace in Bangkok. Doug George, chicagotribune.com, 22 Dec. 2021 These high schoolers have requested an on-demand tutor over 50,000 times on the platform. Shannon Farley, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 My cousin, Mayila Yakufu, is an insurance saleswoman and a Mandarin tutor. Nyrola Elimä, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2021 During that season, several players were suspended for allowing a tutor to take a test for them. Terry Pluto, cleveland, 16 Dec. 2021 Booth enrolled Lila in a crafts class — to get a Netflix break twice a week — with an on-screen tutor named Amy, and now artwork festoons her bedroom. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Dec. 2021 Jennie Shi, a 24-year-old private tutor in Beijing, has taught elementary-level English for two years. NBC News, 31 Oct. 2021 Houston has become a part-time tutor, which doesn’t always happen with players his age (32). Mike Preston, baltimoresun.com, 4 Dec. 2021 Then there is Alidoro, the prince’s tutor, who discovers Cinderella while disguised as a person experiencing homelessness. Richard S. Ginell, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Houston County, for example, allotted some COVID-19 relief money for instructional aides, who tutor students after school and throughout the day. al, 11 Jan. 2022 Long Beach Unified is paying high schoolers to tutor younger students (with others districts considering the same move). Marguerite Roza, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 Proximity Learning of Austin, Texas, is to be paid nearly $473,000 to provide 16 licensed teachers who will tutor students who need help after being out of school because of a quarantine situation. Mike Danahey, chicagotribune.com, 26 Nov. 2021 The district is using millions of its federal stimulus dollars to help students catch up on lost classroom time, including $10 million to pay current and new staff to tutor students. Annmarie Hilton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Oct. 2021 But the organization now has the opportunity to tutor and upgrade Jones’s already sophisticated skill set into that franchise quarterback. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Wide receivers coach Alvis Whitted noted that Dunn, in the absence of Davis and Pryor, led through his actions on the field and also helped tutor Dike. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Aug. 2021 Older participants receive stipends and also tutor the younger children. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2021 He was expected to tutor rookie quarterback and No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson this season. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 22 July 2021

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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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“Tutor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutor. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of tutor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a teacher who works with one student
: 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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