tutor

noun
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

tutor

verb
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 Finli manages payments among families and businesses through its app; think of, say, a tutor who runs a homeschooling pod and the six sets of parents who need to pay him. S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune, "Why an immigrant mindset is such a valuable asset during COVID," 2 Dec. 2020 Galliano hadn’t planned on making a graduate collection, but was encouraged by his tutor, Sheridan Barnett, to pick up a pair of scissors and follow his illustrative lines in cloth. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "John Galliano in Conversation With Hamish Bowles, a Bonus Episode of In Vogue: The 1990s," 27 Nov. 2020 Earlier in the school year, a tutor told Gerch that a seventh-grader was having trouble reading. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, "For a learning pod of homeless students, school days unfold in a motel carport," 26 Nov. 2020 In the spring, Gabriellyn Yazzie worked with students as a math tutor at Diné College. Shondiin Silversmith, The Arizona Republic, "How one of the oldest tribal colleges in the U.S. opened for students during a pandemic," 25 Oct. 2020 But that doesn’t stop Dr. Christakis from sounding like a disappointed tutor. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "Politics: The Experts and the Pandemic," 18 Dec. 2020 Become a mentor, tutor or donor at menofquality.org. courier-journal.com, "These groups are working to end systemic racism in Louisville, and they need your help," 14 Dec. 2020 Even without that in-person connection, Intutorly preaches building relationships between tutor and client. Washington Post, "Teenage brothers from McLean launched an online tutoring service for elementary school students," 25 Sep. 2020 After retiring from The Times in 2012, Gosnell worked as a freelance book and articles editor and volunteered as a CASA foster child advocate and a youth tutor. Los Angeles Times, "Kathy Gosnell, veteran L.A. Times copy editor who perfected the paper’s signature stories, dies at 75," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Last season, Gurley helped tutor then-rookie Darrell Henderson and reached out to Cam Akers after the Rams drafted him in the second round this year. Emmanuel Morgan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Todd Gurley finally gets to play in the stadium he ‘helped create’," 9 Dec. 2020 Claire takes a special interest in Eric, agreeing to tutor him for the SAT, for free, outside school. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“A Teacher”: A Series Best Saved for Fourth-Period Health Class," 7 Dec. 2020 One such program, introduced by the Tennessee Tutoring Corps, trained 430 college students to tutor more than 2,000 students across the state in math and English for seven to eight weeks. Philip Oreopoulos, Scientific American, "Scale Up Tutoring to Combat COVID Learning Loss for Disadvantaged Students," 24 Nov. 2020 Zimmerman liked to tutor unformed guitar players in a graveyard at midnight; some called him the devil for his ability to turn apparently unremarkable young men and women into masters. Greil Marcus, The New York Review of Books, "The Devil Had Nothing to Do With It," 17 Nov. 2020 Teacher Monica Cheshire now sets aside part of her Fridays to tutor him and other distance learners. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Thousands of Utah students are struggling with online learning during the pandemic," 8 Nov. 2020 Lesson plans developed by Assistance League members are used by volunteers to tutor the children Membership is open to everyone. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Oct. 29," 29 Oct. 2020 Motzko is excited to have Martin, 39, tutor a defensive group that features high-end sophomores Ryan Johnson and Jackson LaCombe, plus freshmen Brock Faber, Mike Koster and Carl Fish. Star Tribune, "Ex-Gophers, NHL star Paul Martin named graduate at alma mater," 15 Sep. 2020 His work as a drawing instructor introduced him to Lucretia Pirrie, who hired Audubon to tutor her teenage daughter, Eliza, at Oakley House, her family’s plantation located near St. Francisville, 30 miles north of Baton Rouge. Blake Pontchartrain, NOLA.com, "Blake Pontchartrain: John James Audubon's Louisiana bird paintings," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of tutor

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for tutor

Noun

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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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Tutor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutor. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for tutor

tutor

noun
How to pronounce tutor (audio)

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

tutor

verb

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

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

tutor

noun
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

tutor

verb
tutored; tutoring

Kids Definition of tutor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach usually individually

tutor

noun
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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