- a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
- an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
- to act as a mentor: She spent years mentoring to junior employees.
- to act as a mentor to: The brash young executive did not wish to be mentored by anyone.
Origin of mentor
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- a town in NE Ohio.
- (in the Odyssey) a loyal adviser of Odysseus entrusted with the care and education of Telemachus.
Examples from the Web for mentor
By reaching out to a local high school or non-profit to become a mentor for a high achieving, low-income student.Forget the Kids Who Can’t Get In; What About Those Who Don’t Even Apply?
December 9, 2014
He made no bones about his great admiration for FDR, who was his mentor, and he had roots too in the Truman administration.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
A group of them mentor the turbulent, desperate kids fresh off the streets who are at their most violent when they first arrive.Here’s a Reform Even the Koch Brothers and George Soros Can Agree On
November 10, 2014
The film holds a special resonance for Jones, since Terry also served as his mentor.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber
September 25, 2014
He was a benchmark, a mentor as an artist and as a man, and I just loved him with all my heart.Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’
September 10, 2014
Meanwhile her mentor, Mr. Day, was delighted at the interruption of her task.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Mrs. Vansittart had no intention of resigning her position of mentor and friend.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
For once let us be your mentors—you who have always been the mentor of others.The Golden Woman
"I understand you, and I do not think you silly at all," said her mentor.Shoulder-Straps
And how could she write fiction with such a one for mentor and company?The Nebuly Coat
John Meade Falkner
- a wise or trusted adviser or guide
- to act as a mentor to (someone); train
- the friend whom Odysseus put in charge of his household when he left for Troy. He was the adviser of the young Telemachus
Word Origin and History for mentor
"wise advisor," 1750, from Greek Mentor, friend of Odysseus and adviser of Telemachus (but often actually Athene in disguise) in the "Odyssey," perhaps ultimately meaning "adviser," because the name appears to be an agent noun of mentos "intent, purpose, spirit, passion" from PIE *mon-eyo- (cf. Sanskrit man-tar- "one who thinks," Latin mon-i-tor "one who admonishes"), causative form of root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)). The general use of the word probably is via later popular romances, in which Mentor played a larger part than he does in Homer.
1888, from mentor (n.). Related: Mentored; mentoring.