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Origin of mentor
OTHER WORDS FROM mentormen·tor·ship, noun
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What does mentor mean?
A mentor is the main person you rely on to give you advice and guidance, especially in your career.
Mentor can also be used as a verb meaning to act as a mentor, as in I mentor two of my students.
If you have a mentor, you are the mentee.
Example: It feels strange to me that I’m now more famous than my mentor—I wouldn’t be where I am without her.
Where does mentor come from?
Even your mentor might not have known that the word mentor comes from a proper name—though a fictional one. In the Odyssey, Mentor is a loyal adviser of Odysseus entrusted with the care and education of his son Telemachus. The first records of mentor used in English as a noun referring to an advisor come from the 1700s. Mentor wasn’t popularly used as a verb until the 1900s. (Similar to most mentor-mentee relationships, mentee is much younger—the first records of it come from the 1960s.)
The word mentor is most commonly used in professional and academic contexts. In academia, a mentor is usually a teacher, especially a professor, and their mentee is typically a student. A mentor may act as a model for the mentee’s career and help them decide which path to pursue. The same thing goes for professional mentor-mentee relationships, in which the mentor is usually a boss or a person who holds a more senior position. Because mentors draw on their experience to mentor mentees, mentors are usually older. In all cases, the two words imply a close relationship based on the mentee’s respect for the mentor’s wisdom and experience and the mentor’s recognition of the mentee’s dedication and potential.
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How is mentor used in real life?
Mentor is typically used by mentees when referring to such a relationship.
A basketball coach should be a coach, a teacher, a mentor, a good example, a counselor, a positive influence, someone players trust, someone they can learn life skills from, and someone who will support and believe in them. If this ain’t for you, then neither is coaching.
— William Payne 🧩 (@TweetsbyCoachP) May 27, 2020
you know those scenes in movies where a cool older mentor gives their mentee a stack of albums that’ll “change their life” or whatever? i wanna do that but with a sleeve of burned CDs & be like “autobiography – simpson. metamorphosis – duff. let go – lavigne. misundaztood—
— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) January 31, 2020
I love mentoring young kids! It's an amazing feeling when you see them finally getting it! Mentoring= coaching+teaching+loving x working
— Ed Geth (@CoachGeth) October 21, 2014
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Is mentor used correctly in the following sentence?
When you mentor someone, it involves more than just teaching and giving advice—it also requires listening.
How to use mentor in a sentence
He’s also a mentor with the East Bay College Fund, which works with minority college students coming from underprivileged communities.Laura Deming, Frederik Groce, Amish Jani, Jessica Verrilli and Vanessa Larco are coming to Disrupt|Connie Loizos|August 28, 2020|TechCrunch
However, aside from the role of Shopify COO Harley Finkelstein as one of the show’s mentors, the series will not be larded with Shopify’s branding or promotion of its platform.
A mentor from Hive and the support of a machine-learning team helped her build a program that determines the threat of violence from unlabeled pictures or video footage.For teens, big problems may lead to meaningful research|Carolyn Wilke|July 28, 2020|Science News For Students
For younger staffers who are ready to take on more responsibilities, or want their company to sponsor them to take a class, or they want a mentor, they need to ask for it.The Minority Report is providing a playbook for diversity and inclusion in the media industry|Kayleigh Barber|July 20, 2020|Digiday
So I did a research internship with him and he was an important mentor for me.Desert trails and microbial life excite this soil scientist|Carolyn Wilke|March 31, 2020|Science News For Students
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?|Jonah Edelman|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He made no bones about his great admiration for FDR, who was his mentor, and he had roots too in the Truman administration.
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|Tina Brown|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“My esteemed mentor, Boris Fruman, showed us 100 slides of stills from films,” says Granik.Life After ‘Winter’s Bone’: Debra Granik on Finding J. Law and the Plight of the Female Director|Marlow Stern|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At 17, she attended the Durango Songwriters Expo, a summit where 30 music industry professionals mentor 200 some-odd attendees.‘All About That Bass’ Singer Meghan Trainor On Haters and Her Polarizing (and Unlikely) No. 1 Hit|Marlow Stern|October 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Although he was on the eve of his departure for Lucknau, he was, nevertheless, kind enough to become my Mentor.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
"Ugly Collins has either lost his time-card er has traded his wagon fer a airyplane," said the mentor.
However, their guide, mentor, and boss had a faraway look in his eye—seemed impatient to get going.
Frank is my social mentor, though I care little about society in the general acceptance of the term.My Wonderful Visit|Charlie Chaplin
The King pleaded in vain that he might still serve as mentor in the coming negotiation; the Emperor scornfully refused.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte|William Milligan Sloane