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


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 In England, the government has reacted much as a parent might deal with a child who is heading for a bad mark on an important exam—call in a tutor. The Economist, "Schools Does tutoring work?," 27 June 2020 Gray was a Spanish tutor at Wyoming as well as a volunteer with Matthew Ministries. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "Minority Athletic Directors Association gives scholarships to local student-athletes," 26 June 2020 Aside from racing, Mays has volunteered in the Phoenix area as a peer Spanish tutor and as a youth track coach. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "North Canyon's Jadyn Mays wins Gatorade Arizona Girls Track and Field Player of the Year," 25 June 2020 There's one example of an individual who's a private academy tutor. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Lessons from South Korea: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for June 24," 24 June 2020 Struckman volunteers as a peer tutor, and dedicates herself to multiple community service initiatives as a member of the National Honor Society. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Chaparral girls soccer's Isabella Struckman named Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year," 17 June 2020 Or, go ahead and hire a tutor and REWARD him for going. The Washington Post, "On Parenting: Meghan Leahy took your questions," 10 June 2020 Tom May, 70, a retired tutor at St. John’s College in Annapolis, came with his wife, Pam, his son and his son’s fiancee. Washington Post, "Glenstone opened as a connoisseur’s delight. It’s reopening as an oasis for...," 5 June 2020 At the start of our Connecticut quarantine, my husband proposed hiring an Italian tutor for our whole family. Sarah Karnasiewicz, WSJ, "How to Entertain Kids at Home? They Have 34 Suggestions," 2 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Educators wanted more time to tutor struggling students one-on-one. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Two metro Phoenix school districts are moving to four-day weeks. How will working parents cope?," 10 June 2020 Most of the students she’s tutored have needed help with pre-algebra: solving equations, combining like terms, finding the least common denominator. Mel Fronczek, The Indianapolis Star, "Retired teachers volunteer for Indiana K-12 homework help hotline," 18 May 2020 Meanwhile, the Wrights couldn’t find a suitable school to meet Mike’s considerable needs, so he was tutored at home. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Brooklyn Family Found Adopting Teen Costly, Challenging and, Ultimately, Joyous," 4 Feb. 2020 Jeremiah Valoaga had two sacks against the Cowboys in a surprise showing, and he got tutored hard this week by defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. Cam Inman, The Denver Post, "Five questions for 49ers vs. Broncos, including “How much Jimmy G?”," 18 Aug. 2019 Jeremiah Valoaga had two sacks against the Cowboys in a surprise showing, and he got tutored hard this week by defensive line coach Kris Kocurek. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Five questions for 49ers vs. Broncos, including ‘How much Jimmy G?’," 18 Aug. 2019 Needing to improve his English, he was tutored by his future wife, Mary E. Civale. courant.com, "Antonio Trichilo," 15 July 2019 Even as Jordan showed little interest in mentoring or tutoring anyone who might one day surpass him. Los Angeles Times, "Koufax vs. Scully: Vote in the final round of our baseball icon regional," 5 May 2020 Koenigsberger also connected Boyd to another mom in Florida who could help tutor her kids. Nicole Brown, CBS News, "NYC nonprofit gives laptops to single mom of three "overwhelmed" by homeschooling during virus outbreak," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tutor


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1592, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for tutor


Middle English tutour, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin tutor, from tueri

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The first known use of tutor was in the 14th century

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“Tutor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tutor. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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



English Language Learners Definition of tutor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach a single student : to teach someone as a tutor


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


tutored; tutoring

Kids Definition of tutor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to teach usually individually


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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