- 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 mentoring
The more I listened and asked him questions, the more animated and delighted he became, mentoring me on what he knew.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Did any women play a role in inspiring or mentoring you as you came up in this industry?Yes, Women Can Make Great Wine
March 22, 2014
“He was mentoring a younger guy in the scrimmage about technique you should use,” he said.Aaron Hernandez: Inside the Murder Investigation Roiling the NFL
June 21, 2013
Scott was a drill captain for the Goldcoast Buccaneers, a mentoring program for West Philadelphia youth.Six Months After Newtown, Gun Violence & Debate Continue
June 14, 2013
Abe blessed me with his mentoring – how many journalists and writers are so fortunate?A.M. Rosenthal, the Man I Remember in May
May 25, 2013
- (in business) the practice of assigning a junior member of staff to the care of a more experienced person who assists him in his career
- 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 mentoring
"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.