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

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 De Vise was once Clement's swimming instructor and tutor in Brussels. Daniel De Vise, Chicago Reader, "How two Belgian boys became the youngest kids to bike across the U.S.—in 1935," 21 June 2018 The students, staff and faculty took notice of his accomplishments: an honors student every semester; a varsity lacrosse team player; the vice president of the Muslim Student Association; a medical clinic volunteer and a science tutor. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "This candidate for governor wants to be middle finger to Donald Trump," 17 May 2018 Students communicate with live, online tutors using an interactive, virtual whiteboard to chat, write, draw, copy/paste text or images and graph homework problems. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "New director at Music Men Chorus," 14 May 2018 This week’s conversations: Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy and quarterback tutor Jordan Palmer, brother of Carson, who is training Sam Darnold and Josh Allen for the 2018 NFL Draft. Peter King, SI.com, "NFL Catch Rule, Rewritten: League Aims to Simplify; Result Could Complicate," 26 Mar. 2018 Fan favorites Art Balatazar and Franco (DC Super-Friends), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls), Monica Kubina (DC Super Hero Girls), and Tom Richmond (MAD) are your tutors for today's class. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Comic Con 2018: Here's your Sunday schedule," 8 July 2018 Students have access to independent, online tutors, but many turn to their peers for help. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 Mary has a reading tutor and gets one-on-one reading time with the teacher. Sharon Broussard, cleveland.com, "The Anton family finds school in Beachwood challenging but fun," 12 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 His only coaching qualifications are a backyard apprenticeship tutoring his niece and her friends, along with a course in soccer fundamentals. Matt Blomberg, latimes.com, "There's a reason that the soccer team rescued from a cave in Thailand was so tough and resilient," 11 July 2018 Paul and Ed: Blessed with the best formal educations of any of the characters, Madigan’s tutoring Paul and Phillips’ lawyering Ed are two sides of the same coin. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Born Yesterday' heroine calls her own shots in American Players Theatre remake," 26 June 2018 About half who reported earning second incomes were employed in outside teaching or tutoring positions. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "How bad is teacher pay? Nearly 1 in 5 teachers works a second job, report says," 20 June 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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