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 bullying at Downe was so bad, apparently, that Kate developed eczema from the stress of it, her Marlborough house tutor, Joan Gall, told the Daily Mail. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Had to Change Schools When She Was 14 Because She Was Bullied," 29 Dec. 2018 In one, the decoy prospective student expressed an interest in English and math and discussed volunteer work as a tutor and participation in the marching band. Elisha Maldonado, WSJ, "Colleges Favor Academics Over Activism," 27 Sep. 2018 Whatever else these creatures are, or once were, the beings became my de facto tutors. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Hollow Knight beats Metroid, Dark Souls at their own brutal game," 28 July 2018 Qutb’s brother fled to Saudi Arabia, along with other Brotherhood members, and eventually became tutor to a young Osama bin Laden. Michael B. Mukasey, WSJ, "The Jihad Against ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’," 17 Dec. 2018 Galloway Stewart was employed by the Grand Duchess Xenia as a tutor for her son, Prince Andrei Alexandrovich Romanov. James Rogers, Fox News, "Incredible photos of the last czar and the Russian royal family surface," 25 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester King George V and Queen Mary’s third son, Henry was the first child of a British monarch to be educated at school, rather than be tutored at home, and ultimately attended Eton College. The Editors, Town & Country, "The British Royal Family Tree," 19 May 2018 Visit your local tutoring center and talk to your counselor. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How To Transfer Colleges When You Think You Want To Switch Schools," 27 Dec. 2018 And there's a large classroom and tutoring space to support adult literacy programs and workforce development. Richard Greene, star-telegram, "Arlington is home to nation's newest library," 16 June 2018 Tsoris also now volunteers on Tuesdays tutoring third-graders in reading at Temple Heights Elementary School in Oceanside. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Volunteer sharpens young minds with poetry," 12 June 2018 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

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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 , 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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