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tutor

[too-ter, tyoo-] /ˈtu tər, ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
a person employed to instruct another in some branch or branches of learning, especially a private instructor.
2.
a teacher of academic rank lower than instructor in some American universities and colleges.
3.
a teacher without institutional connection who assists students in preparing for examinations.
4.
(especially at Oxford and Cambridge) a university officer, usually a fellow, responsible for teaching and supervising a number of undergraduates.
5.
the guardian of a boy or girl below the age of puberty or majority.
verb (used with object)
6.
to act as a tutor to; teach or instruct, especially privately.
7.
to have the guardianship, instruction, or care of.
8.
to instruct underhandedly; coach:
to tutor a witness before he testifies.
9.
Archaic.
  1. to train, school, or discipline.
  2. to admonish or reprove.
verb (used without object)
10.
to act as a tutor or private instructor.
11.
to study privately with a tutor.
Origin of tutor
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin tūtor protector, equivalent to tū- (variant stem of tuērī to guard; see tutelage) + -tor -tor
Related forms
tutorless, adjective
tutorship, noun
mistutor, verb
subtutor, noun
subtutorship, noun
undertutor, noun
well-tutored, adjective
Synonym Study
6. See teach.
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  • I did have a condition in French, and Miss Carter was tutoring me, just as you thought.

    Betty Wales Senior Margaret Warde
  • Every one requires some of it, but many must take months of tutoring.

    The Making of a Trade School Mary Schenck Woolman
  • But I could live on it, and in any case it was better than slaving at tutoring.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • My teacher has often said that the reason she has kept on tutoring me is because I look like a sister she once had.

    Sisters Grace May North
  • I want some tutoring in Latin, and he said he thought you could take me on.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Last summer he was a waiter at a hotel and did some tutoring besides.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Let me not be well, if ever they get the tutoring of my comforts.

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British Dictionary definitions for tutoring

tutor

/ˈtjuːtə/
noun
1.
a teacher, usually instructing individual pupils and often engaged privately
2.
(at universities, colleges, etc) a member of staff responsible for the teaching and supervision of a certain number of students
3.
(Scots law) the guardian of a pupil See pupil1 (sense 2)
verb
4.
to act as a tutor to (someone); instruct
5.
(transitive) to act as guardian to; have care of
6.
(intransitive) (mainly US) to study under a tutor
7.
(transitive) (rare) to admonish, discipline, or reprimand
Derived Forms
tutorage, tutorship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: a watcher, from tuērī to watch over
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Word Origin and History for tutoring

tutor

n.

late 14c., "guardian, custodian," from Old French tutour "guardian, private teacher," from Latin tutorem (nominative tutor) "guardian, watcher," from tutus, variant past participle of tueri "watch over," of unknown origin. Specific sense of "senior boy appointed to help a junior in his studies" is recorded from 1680s.

tutor

v.

1590s, from tutor (n.). Related: Tutored; tutoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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