- 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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Examples from the Web for mentored
For decades, Woodson Sr. has mentored Paul on how on how government dollars impact people in the communities they live.What Paul Ryan Gets Right About Race
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His greatest influence was, undoubtedly, one of the original soul masters, Sam Cooke, who mentored him.Bobby Womack’s Sexual Democracy: The Late Soul Legend Preached Mutual Pleasure
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I have mentored dozens of my friend's children through college frustrations and job searches.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
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The true “Maya” was in fact second-generation and mentored by Jennifer.Sundance’s ‘Manhunt’: Three CIA Agents Who Hunted bin Laden Tell All
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Patty Hearst was mentored by the Symbionese Liberation Army.Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus, and the Mentoring Scam
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- 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 mentored
"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.