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

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 Rebekah Hendershot was a writer and tutor who worked for Singer at the time, helping coach students on their college application. Gregory Korte, USA Today, "The rise of Rick Singer: How the mastermind of college admissions scandal built an empire on lies, exploited a broken system," 19 June 2019 Several trends are driving China’s voracious demand for tutors. 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 Her father hired the most accomplished European tutors in French, German, and music to teach her. Elaine Showalter, The New York Review of Books, "Whitman, Melville, & Julia Ward Howe: A Tale of Three Bicentennials," 27 May 2019 Common occupations for older people who work from home include financial adviser, accountant, writer, editor, customer-service worker, interpreter and tutor, a FlexJobs analysis shows. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Job Advice You Wish You Knew How to Give," 6 May 2019 Krakow was the adoptive home of the flamboyant Italian scholar Filippo Buonaccorsi, secretary to the Polish king and tutor to his children. National Geographic, "Copernicus's revolutionary ideas reorganized the heavens," 9 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Durant has invested $10 million to College Track, which funds college scholarships and tutoring for students in Prince George County. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Kevin Durant’s legacy with Warriors also includes charitable impact," 5 July 2019 Plenty of teams are still interested, including some that have coaches that tutored him in Cleveland. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Duke Johnson and Cleveland Browns have reached the point of no return: Mary Kay Cabot," 10 June 2019 That program offers spots and free summer tutoring to low-income students with high potential who score below the test-score cutoff for admission. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Seven NYC Students Didn’t Get Seats in Elite Schools, So They Asked State for Help," 20 Apr. 2019 Bonnie was the kind of honors student professors asked to tutor others. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 June 2019 As Forky continues to try to escape his new owner’s affectionate clutches, Woody tries to tutor the newcomer in proper toy comportment. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Woody and Buzz are back and better than ever," 20 June 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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