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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
For example, many entrepreneurs are developing chatbot tutors for wealthy schools, tools that could be modified to work in places with worse Internet connectivity and higher student-to-teacher ratios. Daniel Björkegren, Foreign Affairs, 9 Aug. 2023 Think of it as this unbelievably intelligent tutor. Sean Gregory, TIME, 26 May 2024
French Gates traveled to jails and hospitals and tutored at low-income schools as part of her education, and still feels that introduction to service shaped her. Belinda Luscombe / Kirkland, TIME, 18 June 2024 This changes when she is asked to tutor Sam Feldman, a new kid in her class who finds himself in a wheelchair after a devastating car accident, and the two begin an affair. The New Yorker, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for tutor 

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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 18 Jul. 2024.

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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