tutor

noun
tu·​tor | \ˈtü-tər, 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

Louise, Cordelia’s SAT tutor, has been up all night waiting for Lavinia to come home to pay her. Hannah Orenstein, Vox, "How do you choose an outfit for a fictional character? 5 authors explain.," 12 Sep. 2018 After a man tried to take a photo of her seven-year-old daughter, Daniels had to pull her out of her elementary school and hire a tutor. Amy Chozick, Vogue, "Stormy Daniels Isn’t Backing Down," 28 Aug. 2018 In his junior year at Hall, Roland, who worked for hours every day on his homework and had tutors, was inducted into the National Honor Society. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "This Dedicated Volunteer Who Works Several Jobs Also Has Down's Syndrome," 21 June 2018 Some students have parents or paid tutors to assist them and others do not. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "‘It is a dream volunteer job.’ So why don’t more schools embrace retiree help?," 10 June 2018 Sherrie Dame, who helps tutor small groups of students at a school in Mooresville, doesn't have her pay funded through the state like other teachers. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Educators rally in Charlotte: 'Because of teacher pay, ramen noodles are my bae' | Charlotte Observer," 16 May 2018 One is After Care Tutoring, in which S.A.M.S. partners with Shaker Recreation's After Care Program to help provide tutors to work with students for one hour after school. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "A Muppet class in Cleveland Heights; celebrating 60 years of exchange students; more: Press Run," 13 Apr. 2018 Prince Charles similarly started on his academic journey behind palace walls with a governess and tutors, until it was decided that he would be educated outside of the home. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Here's What Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Royal Education Will Entail," 26 Aug. 2018 The commission outlines a scenario in which artificial intelligence and virtual tutors help advise students about selecting courses, navigating difficult classes and finding the best career options. Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post, "The future of college education: Students for life, computer advisers and campuses everywhere," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His grandmother, a child psychologist, tutored him with eye exercises and by immersing him in children’s literature. Lizzie Garrett Mettler, Vogue, "With Wonderscope, a Tech Company Attempts the Unthinkable: Healthy Screen Time for Kids," 14 Nov. 2018 As the film opens, a tenuous reunion has been engineered by Amanda’s mother, who is paying Lily to tutor (and befriend) her disturbed daughter. Pat Padua, kansascity, "In ‘Thoroughbreds,’ dark deeds brew in the suburbs | The Kansas City Star," 8 Mar. 2018 In the interest of time I would be privately tutored to become a dilettante butler by Christopher Ely, who had been, among other things, a butler at Buckingham Palace and was heading up FCI's Estate Management Studies program. Jonathan Reynolds, Town & Country, "At Your Service," 11 July 2014 Down in Houston, his status once shaky, Bill O’Brien recently received a four-year extension from the Texans earlier this month, the future of rookie sensation Deshaun Watson now tied to the man who spent five years tutoring Tom Brady. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Where the Colts stack up in the suddenly Belichickian AFC South," 23 Jan. 2018 When the students flock to the Learning Center for homework help and fun with friends after school, Bridgette often is tutoring them alone. Leila Atassi, cleveland.com, "Northeast Ohio heeds the call to action for families devastated by Rainbow Terrace fire: A Greater Cleveland," 18 Apr. 2018 Pasqualoni has tutored top pass rushers like J.J. Watt, and Jason Taylor at previous NFL stops, and can certainly give Quinn and the Lions insight into Landry’s football and off-field character. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Why the Detroit Lions should take Harold Landry in the 2018 NFL draft," 24 Feb. 2018 The compact whiskey museum traces the development and lineage of the nation’s 900-year-old drink with artifacts used in its production, rare bottles, tutored tastings, and yes, live stories. Tara Nurin, Philly.com, "In Dublin, a story of whiskey is more than just one night at the pub," 8 June 2018 With the success of Atonement, Ronan left school and began to juggle home tutoring with an intense work schedule. Jamie Hawkesworth, Vogue, "Saoirse Ronan on Growing Up on Camera, the Changing Politics of Ireland, and Becoming a Queen," 11 July 2018

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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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More Definitions for tutor

tutor

noun

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

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, 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 \

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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