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apprentice

[ uh-pren-tis ]
/ əˈprɛn tɪs /
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noun

verb (used with object), ap·pren·ticed, ap·pren·tic·ing.

to bind to or place with an employer, master craftsman, or the like, for instruction in a trade.

verb (used without object), ap·pren·ticed, ap·pren·tic·ing.

to serve as an apprentice: He apprenticed for 14 years under a master silversmith.

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Origin of apprentice

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English ap(p)rentis, from Anglo-French, Old French ap(p)rentiz, from unattested Vulgar Latin apprenditīcius, equivalent to unattested apprendit(us) (for Latin apprehēnsus; see apprehensible) + Latin -īcius suffix forming adjectives from past participles, here nominalized
ap·pren·tice·ship, nounun·ap·pren·ticed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for apprentice

apprentice
/ (əˈprɛntɪs) /

noun

someone who works for a skilled or qualified person in order to learn a trade or profession, esp for a recognized period
any beginner or novice

verb

(tr) to take, place, or bind as an apprentice
apprenticeship, noun
C14: from Old French aprentis, from Old French aprendre to learn, from Latin apprehendere to apprehend
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