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[men-tawr, -ter]
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  1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
  2. an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to act as a mentor: She spent years mentoring to junior employees.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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

1740–50; after Mentor (< Greek Méntōr)
Related formsmen·tor·ship, noun

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Historical Examples of mentorship

  • Charley did not put on any mentorship to us, and the more we saw of him the more we liked him.

  • Let me try and tell him what, under my mentorship, he would mark and see.

    Rome in 1860

    Edward Dicey

British Dictionary definitions for mentorship


  1. a wise or trusted adviser or guide
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  1. to act as a mentor to (someone); train
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Derived Formsmentorial, adjective

Word Origin for mentor

C18: from Mentor


  1. 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 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.

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1888, from mentor (n.). Related: Mentored; mentoring.

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