[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. mentoanterior position,
  2. menton,
  3. mentonnière,
  4. mentoplasty,
  5. mentoposterior position,
  6. mentoring,
  7. mentotransverse position,
  8. mentum,
  9. menu,
  10. menu bar

Origin of mentor

1740–50; after Mentor (< Greek Méntōr)

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

Examples from the Web for mentoring

British Dictionary definitions for mentoring


/ (ˈmɛntərɪŋ) /


(in business) the practice of assigning a junior member of staff to the care of a more experienced person who assists him in his career


/ (ˈmɛntɔː) /


a wise or trusted adviser or guide


to act as a mentor to (someone); train
Derived Formsmentorial, adjective

Word Origin for mentor

C18: from Mentor


/ (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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Word Origin and History for mentoring
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