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

The latest amendments added referral agencies for just three professions to the list: educational tutors, tow truck drivers who work with the American Automobile Assn. and dog groomers. Los Angeles Times, "A fierce battle over defining employees in California nears decisive vote," 7 Sep. 2019 The collaborative between Hamline Elementary and Hamline University draws more than 90 university tutors, student mentors, faculty and staff across Snelling Avenue. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Hamline University, Hamline Elementary and Ecolab partner on makerspace," 30 Aug. 2019 The events are designed to allow top officials to tutor less experienced refs in a game setting and also to allow coaches and officials to interact on the field and in question and answer sessions. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando area high school referees get their own football practice," 9 Aug. 2019 But there is still no shortage of bodies for first-year wide receivers coach Junior Adams to tutor. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "What we learned from UW coach Chris Petersen after Huskies spring practice," 12 Apr. 2019 Our tutors are high-achieving high school students -- cool young kids -- who are trained through a partnership with a local college. Kathleen Toner, CNN, "Professional dancer opens arts center for kids living in the heart of America's opioid epidemic," 15 Aug. 2019 The group — 27 aspiring young architects and urban and landscape designers from around the world — had done a practice run with their tutors on the weekend, with limited success. New York Times, "‘The logic of the weave’," 29 July 2019 Following his death, Ray acted as his executor and initially stayed on at Middleton as the children’s tutor, beginning the long task of editing his friend’s works. Jenny Uglow, WSJ, "‘The Wonderful Mr. Willughby’ Review: Hatching a New Science," 5 July 2018 However, determining that your child needs a tutor is only the beginning. Suzanne Wright, USA TODAY, "Time for a Tutor?," 3 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In a peer tutoring program at Scripps Ranch High School in 2016, Omar Morena (from left) and Gerardo Diaz talked about algebra with fellow students Lauren Trott, Enrique Calzado (top) and Ralph Agustin. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Unified creates a path for more students to take advanced math classes," 23 Aug. 2019 The Opening Finals gathers about 150 of the nation’s top prospects, allowing them to be tutored by former NFL players and compete against each other. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al.com, "‘Never seen anything like it’: 2 Alabama commits rave about The Opening," 4 July 2019 Say Yes in-school social supports, like counseling, tutoring, and upcoming family legal clinics, offer resources that suburban kids have the family means and connections to handle. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "Say Yes to Education makes college a question of “where?” for Cleveland kids, not “if” City Club panelists say," 23 Aug. 2019 Indeed, on September 9, 1998, as President Bill Clinton’s impeachment loomed, Nadler tutored then-PBS host Charlie Rose on why Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure No. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Obstruction? There Was No Obstruction.," 2 Aug. 2019 Prosecutors have said Gil started tutoring the girl on school grounds. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "CPS teacher charged with sex assault of student shouldn’t get lenient plea deal, parents say," 17 July 2019 The centers give students access to open recreation and some structured programming, like tutoring, art and coding classes, and field trips to state parks or museums. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "‘It sounds cliche, but they are our future’: Baltimore County program engages students, especially over summer," 17 July 2019 The brewers would be tutored in real estate, marketing, the navigation of government-regulation channels and other tenets. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Platform Beer Co. acquisition allows brewery to continue innovative approach, co-founder says," 7 Aug. 2019 At Sierra College, DeAngelo did not come off as a particularly strong student; Bonnie tutored him to a passing grade in astronomy. Tribune News Service, oregonlive.com, "The Man in the Window: Is this the childhood of a serial killer? (Part One)," 22 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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