Definition of mentor in English:


Line breaks: men¦tor
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛntɔː


  • 1An experienced and trusted adviser: he was her friend and mentor until his death
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    • 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.
    adviser, guide, confidant, confidante, counsellor, consultant, therapist; master, spiritual leader, rav, rebbe, guru, swami, maharishi, acharya
  • 1.1An experienced person in a company or educational institution who trains and counsels new employees or students: regular meetings between mentor and trainee help guide young engineers through their early years [as modifier]: a mentor program
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    • 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.


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  • Advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague): both trainees were expertly mentored by a site supervisor (as noun mentoring) mentoring should be encouraged
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    • 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.


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

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