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

As Fox News reports, the photos are from two albums that were created by Herbert Galloway Stewart, an English tutor to the Tsar’s nephews. Temi Adebowale, Town & Country, "A New Exhibit in London Showcases Rare, Previously Unseen Photos of the Romanov Family," 26 Sep. 2018 Beneath the placid surface of a rural estate where nothing seems to happen, momentous psychological shifts are unleashed by the arrival of a handsome tutor; there’s even a rueful neighborly doctor character like those in Chekhov’s familiar classics. Philip Brandes, latimes.com, "The 99 Seat Beat: 'Big Fish' at the Chance in Anaheim, free Shakespeare in Griffith Park," 6 July 2018 Quinn tries to be less ditzy and gets rejected by a tutor voiced by Carson Daly! Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "9 'Daria' Details I'm Praying to See in MTV's Reboot," 22 June 2018 The Nissenbaums pulled Nora out of school in mid-May in favor of lessons taught at home by a tutor. Katie Park, Philly.com, "Anti-Semitic text messages and an alleged threat of school violence. Did a Chester County school district handle the situation correctly?," 15 June 2018 The Duke was the first royal prince to have been educated at school (even his older brothers had tutors instead). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "The Royal Bride Who Wore Pink," 18 May 2018 His daughters had private tutors and joined their brother Robert in naturalist pursuits, collecting and cataloging specimens of local wildlife. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "New Kennicott Girls Club combines pioneer history and STEM concepts," 10 Apr. 2018 Seniors Helping Our Kids and OASIS tutors at Poway Unified schools were honored on May 10 for their years of volunteer efforts. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Senior volunteers honored for helping students," 24 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Trump also praised Kavanaugh’s dedication to tutoring children in local elementary schools and coaching his daughters on their basketball team. Brian Bennett, Time, "How President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Change the U.S.," 10 July 2018 Kavanaugh also has tutored children at a D.C. elementary school, volunteered for Catholic charity groups and is a regular participant in services at his Catholic church. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Who is Brett Kavanaugh? 5 things to know about Trump's Supreme Court pick," 28 Aug. 2018 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

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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

: 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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