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mentor

Syllabification: men·tor
Pronunciation: /ˈmenˌtôr
 
, ˈmenˌtər
 
/

Definition of mentor in English:

noun

1An experienced and trusted adviser: he was her friend and mentor until his death in 1915
More example sentences
  • Get friends and mentors, advisors you trust and bounce your ideas off them.
  • He has been both a friend and a mentor to him guiding him thorough the course of his life.
  • Under the terms of the Trust, a mentor is to be provided for the successful students to assist and support them during their time at college.
Synonyms
adviser, guide, guru, counselor, consultant;
confidant(e)
1.1An experienced person in a company, college, or school who trains and counsels new employees or students.
Example sentences
  • Both schools have developed a peer support programme with the county council's behavioural support unit, where senior students are trained as mentors for younger students.
  • Trained high school mentors actually facilitate the program, often speaking from their own painful experiences.
  • They have both a counsellor service and mentors for students that need them.
Synonyms

verb

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Advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague).
Example sentences
  • It says a new generation of leaders need to be mentored and trained, while collaborative work between groups could become a condition of funding.
  • After the team goes through the initial training, they are continually being trained and mentored by peers and lead staff.
  • The older man had mentored the younger so expertly that Powell had become surplus to Charlton's requirements.

Origin

mid 18th century: via French and Latin from Greek Mentōr, the name of the adviser of the young Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey.

Derivatives

mentorship

1
noun
Example sentences
  • We, as a young and inexperienced group, need this direction, mentorship, and leadership.
  • The centre, he said, will also approach college students in the Montreal area and offer them summer mentorships with recognized scientists, continuing education opportunities, and possible scholarships.
  • Both mentorships were successful because the mentor helped the mentee develop to his full potential, and the mentee subsequently served with distinction in a position of great responsibility.

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