- a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
- an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
- to act as a mentor: She spent years mentoring to junior employees.
- to act as a mentor to: The brash young executive did not wish to be mentored by anyone.
Origin of mentor
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Examples from the Web for mentorship
Mentorship programs are also beneficial, and service providers should be trained in cultural sensitivity.How To Help America’s Trafficking Victims In The Long Term
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His mentorship, kindness, and friendship continue to guide and inform my approach to life.How Oscar de la Renta Made Me a Supermodel
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In the film, Sting is gifted to Bilbo by Gandalf in a moment of mentorship.‘The Hobbit’: 19 Changes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel to Peter Jackson’s Movie
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- a wise or trusted adviser or guide
- to act as a mentor to (someone); train
- the friend whom Odysseus put in charge of his household when he left for Troy. He was the adviser of the young Telemachus
Word Origin and History for mentorship
"wise advisor," 1750, from Greek Mentor, friend of Odysseus and adviser of Telemachus (but often actually Athene in disguise) in the "Odyssey," perhaps ultimately meaning "adviser," because the name appears to be an agent noun of mentos "intent, purpose, spirit, passion" from PIE *mon-eyo- (cf. Sanskrit man-tar- "one who thinks," Latin mon-i-tor "one who admonishes"), causative form of root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)). The general use of the word probably is via later popular romances, in which Mentor played a larger part than he does in Homer.
1888, from mentor (n.). Related: Mentored; mentoring.