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mentor

[ men-tawr, -ter ]
/ ˈmɛn tɔr, -tər /
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noun

a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
an influential senior sponsor or supporter.

verb (used without object)

to act as a mentor: She spent years mentoring to junior employees.

verb (used with object)

to act as a mentor to: The brash young executive did not wish to be mentored by anyone.

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Origin of mentor

First recorded in 1740–50; after Mentor (from Greek Méntōr )

OTHER WORDS FROM mentor

men·tor·ship, noun

Definition for mentor (2 of 3)

Mentor1
[ men-ter ]
/ ˈmɛn tər /

noun

a town in NE Ohio.

Definition for mentor (3 of 3)

Mentor2
[ men-tawr, -ter ]
/ ˈmɛn tɔr, -tər /

noun

(in the Odyssey) a loyal adviser of Odysseus entrusted with the care and education of Telemachus.
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British Dictionary definitions for mentor (1 of 2)

mentor
/ (ˈmɛntɔː) /

noun

a wise or trusted adviser or guide

verb

to act as a mentor to (someone); train

Derived forms of mentor

mentorial, adjective

Word Origin for mentor

C18: from Mentor

British Dictionary definitions for mentor (2 of 2)

Mentor
/ (ˈmɛntɔː) /

noun

the friend whom Odysseus put in charge of his household when he left for Troy. He was the adviser of the young Telemachus
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