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

However, determining that your child needs a tutor is only the beginning. Suzanne Wright, USA TODAY, "Time for a Tutor?," 3 Aug. 2019 While a wealthy family might be able to afford a private tutor or course for their high school student, an underprivileged family might not and that's where the fairness of the exam gets hazy. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "The SAT Will Be Adding An “Adversity Score” In Attempt to Level The Playing Field of College Admissions," 16 May 2019 Jean had her Masters in Education and taught pre-school as well as becoming a beloved tutor at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT. courant.com, "Jean Hazen," 7 Apr. 2018 Boston drafted New Haven’s Tremont Waters in the second round, and Walker would seem an ideal tutor for him. Dom Amore, courant.com, "As Kemba Walker approaches NBA free agency, championships, legacy and money are all a part of the stakes," 27 June 2019 Many tutors are retired teachers and stay-at-home moms. Yan Zhang, USA TODAY, "Chinese parents are paying for their kids to learn English from US online tutors. Here's how the job works," 11 June 2019 More than 600 older adult tutors work in 105 schools in 12 districts, sharing time, talents and wisdom with students who need help. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Harrah’s awards $5,000 to San Diego Oasis," 1 July 2019 Wang’s language tutor agreed to copy the outstanding documents, so that Wang could return home. Laura Dean, The New Yorker, "The Threat of War Brings New Fears to an American Hostage in Iran," 24 June 2019 Among those who lost their lives on the mountain in the last few years were three tourists from Bengal—a tailor who had lost his hand, a part-time guitar tutor who also drove a truck for a living and a police sub-inspector. Ipsita Chakravarty, Quartz India, "How colonialism cost the Himalayas their remoteness," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The brewers would be tutored in real estate, marketing, the navigation of government-regulation channels and other tenets. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Platform Beer Co. acquisition allows brewery to continue innovative approach, co-founder says," 7 Aug. 2019 At Sierra College, DeAngelo did not come off as a particularly strong student; Bonnie tutored him to a passing grade in astronomy. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 June 2019 Watch for a person who looks for opportunities to be alone with your child, such as private lessons, tutoring, providing transportation or babysitting. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "What parents can do to reduce the risk of their children being sexually abused," 21 June 2019 Some home school vendors offer tutoring, curriculum, books and other traditionally educational services. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Home school charters’ let families use state dollars to buy Disneyland tickets, horseback riding lessons and more," 16 June 2019 Proponents say tutoring can offer meaningful work from home in rural communities far from major job markets. Yan Zhang, USA TODAY, "Chinese parents are paying for their kids to learn English from US online tutors. Here's how the job works," 11 June 2019 The New Jersey special education teacher has refereed soccer games, worked in home construction and tutored in past summers. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "‘I do not have 2-3 months off’: Teachers on summer break are working, a lot," 11 July 2019 Allen did his best to give back, tutoring in West Philadelphia and inviting teens from his old neighborhood to visit campus. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "Breaking Bad: The False Step and Downfall of Penn Legend Jerome Allen," 11 July 2019 Rock Springs elementary fourth-graders received free books from the Oasis literacy tutoring program. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, July 11," 11 July 2019

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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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tutor

noun

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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