Definition of apprentice in English:

apprentice

Syllabification: ap·pren·tice
Pronunciation: /əˈprentis
 
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noun

  • 1A person who is learning a trade from a skilled employer, having agreed to work for a fixed period at low wages: [as modifier]: an apprentice electrician
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    • It doesn't matter how much money we give employers to take on apprentices in tradition trades - in gas fitting, in tiling, in welding and carpentry.
    • It is often asserted that by keeping wages low for apprentices, employers will automatically take more on.
    • This language has an old-fashioned ring, and was designed for a minor becoming an apprentice in a skilled trade.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 [usually as modifier] A beginner at something: an apprentice confidence trickster
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    • Trainers use apprentice riders because they get a five-pound weight advantage.
    • Rose, 26, of State College, Pennsylvania, won the Eclipse Award outstanding apprentice jockey in 2001.
    • The station was loaded up with apprentice bingo callers and Algonquin grads who were grateful to have a job.

verb

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  • 1Employ (someone) as an apprentice: Edward was apprenticed to a printer
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    • In 1706 he was apprenticed to a printer (as his father could not afford to enter him for the Church), and in 1715 he was admitted a freeman of the Stationers' Company.
    • At about the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to a sign painter in whose shop his work included painting tinned cans.
    • Following the death of his brother Geoff, in 1947, he was apprenticed to his father, a renowned blacksmith's farrier.
  • 1.1 [no object] North American Serve as an apprentice: she apprenticed with midwives in San Francisco
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    • He founded his own business in the mid 1970s, and by 2004, at least fifteen master artists currently heading their own studios had apprenticed under him.
    • Either you apprentice with a Master or inherit the job.
    • What am I apprenticing for that would require… this?

Origin

Middle English: from Old French aprentis (from apprendre 'learn', from Latin apprehendere 'apprehend'), on the pattern of words ending in -tis, -tif, from Latin -tivus (see -ive).

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