[ men-tawr, -ter ]
/ ˈmɛn tɔr, -tər /


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.

Origin of mentor

1740–50; after Mentor (< Greek Méntōr)

Related forms

men·tor·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mentored (1 of 2)


/ (ˈmɛntɔː) /


a wise or trusted adviser or guide


to act as a mentor to (someone); train

Derived Forms

mentorial, adjective

Word Origin for mentor

C18: from Mentor

British Dictionary definitions for mentored (2 of 2)


/ (ˈmɛntɔː) /


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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