verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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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.
Example sentences from the Web for mentor
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
The film holds a special resonance for Jones, since Terry also served as his mentor.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber|Marlow Stern|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was a benchmark, a mentor as an artist and as a man, and I just loved him with all my heart.Andrew Garfield on the Evils of Capitalism, the Hacking Scandal, and Criticism of ‘Spider-Man 2’|Marlow Stern|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then Jove's daughter Minerva came up to them, having assumed the form and voice of Mentor.The Odyssey|Homer
England is the mentor, and the Football Association have a great work.Association Football|John Cameron
Candide, with such a mentor bearing the name Martin, has now arrived at Venice.Classic French Course in English|William Cleaver Wilkinson
The next morning, Garfield left Chicago for his home in Mentor.The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield|Emma Elizabeth Brown
The Bounder was of course the Mentor who introduced me to Bower's.The Haunts of Old Cockaigne|Alex Thompson