[too-ter, tyoo-]


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to act as a tutor or private instructor.
to study privately with a tutor.

Origin of tutor

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin tūtor protector, equivalent to tū- (variant stem of tuērī to guard; see tutelage) + -tor -tor
Related formstu·tor·less, adjectivetu·tor·ship, nounmis·tu·tor, verbsub·tu·tor, nounsub·tu·tor·ship, nounun·der·tu·tor, nounwell-tu·tored, adjective

Synonym study

6. See teach.
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Examples from the Web for tutoring

Contemporary Examples of tutoring

  • I took on work in the evenings tutoring wealthy high-school students in math.

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    Did My Education Cost Too Much?

    Jessica Feldman

    September 12, 2012

  • Today, more offer mentoring programs, tutoring, and extra counseling to help ease the transition.

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    The College Admissions Crash

    Kathleen Kingsbury

    August 23, 2010

  • Merryman, a lawyer turned writer/editor and operator of a tutoring program for inner-city kids, does not have children of her own.

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    Parenting for Smarties

    John Douglas Marshall

    September 29, 2009

Historical Examples of tutoring

  • I did have a condition in French, and Miss Carter was tutoring me, just as you thought.

    Betty Wales Senior

    Margaret Warde

  • Every one requires some of it, but many must take months of tutoring.

    The Making of a Trade School

    Mary Schenck Woolman

  • But I could live on it, and in any case it was better than slaving at tutoring.

  • My teacher has often said that the reason she has kept on tutoring me is because I look like a sister she once had.


    Grace May North

  • I want some tutoring in Latin, and he said he thought you could take me on.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour

British Dictionary definitions for tutoring



a teacher, usually instructing individual pupils and often engaged privately
(at universities, colleges, etc) a member of staff responsible for the teaching and supervision of a certain number of students
Scots law the guardian of a pupilSee pupil 1 (def. 2)


to act as a tutor to (someone); instruct
(tr) to act as guardian to; have care of
(intr) mainly US to study under a tutor
(tr) rare to admonish, discipline, or reprimand
Derived Formstutorage or tutorship, noun

Word Origin for tutor

C14: from Latin: a watcher, from tuērī to watch over
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Word Origin and History for tutoring



late 14c., "guardian, custodian," from Old French tutour "guardian, private teacher," from Latin tutorem (nominative tutor) "guardian, watcher," from tutus, variant past participle of tueri "watch over," of unknown origin. Specific sense of "senior boy appointed to help a junior in his studies" is recorded from 1680s.



1590s, from tutor (n.). Related: Tutored; tutoring.

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