Definition of tutor in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtjuːtə


1A private teacher, typically one who teaches a single pupil or a very small group: a voluntary tutor in adult literacy a private tutor tutor to the Prince of Wales
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  • From 1743 he was a private tutor and school teacher until in 1748 he found a position as librarian of the collection of Imperial Count Heinrich von Bünau near Dresden.
  • My advice is to keep your son at his present school and employ a private tutor to improve his grades rather than drag him kicking and screaming to a new school that he does not want to attend.
  • After his primary education was completed, Vico served as a private tutor to the nephews of the bishop of Ischia.
1.1chiefly British A university or college teacher responsible for the teaching and supervision of assigned students: my history tutor [as modifier]: tutor groups
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  • Mature students are, as a rule, the kinds of students university tutors dream about: keen, committed and interested.
  • College authorities have banned tutors from offering students a predinner drink and the timing of Hall has been brought forward to discourage excessive drinking before dinner.
  • And students and their tutors from schools, colleges and training companies from all across Wiltshire will be honoured.
1.2US An assistant lecturer in a college or university.
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  • The class was co-taught by two teachers, both graduate students in education at a local university; three undergraduate tutors also assisted with small group work.
  • A University cannot function without its teaching staff - whether they be deans, professors, readers, lecturers or tutors.
  • Most participants in these two projects have been able to follow through on advice about getting help, namely by utilizing tutors or remedial assistance.
1.3British A book of instruction in a particular subject: this hardback is a complete guide, tutor, and reference a guitar tutor
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  • I'm hoping my piano tutor book will arrive tomorrow, too, or the day after, and then I can begin work in earnest.
  • A friend back home had provided me with a stack of tutor books and sheet music, and these disappeared for a few days, presumably while one of the Wai Wai studied them.


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1Act as a tutor to (a single pupil or a very small group): his children were privately tutored
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  • She filled the time by tutoring groups of local and Korean students in English which she proved to be very good at.
  • She now terms herself unemployed, but is involved with tutoring schoolchildren in Harlem.
  • I have to tutor some freshmen in Spanish after school.
teach, instruct, give lessons to, educate, school, coach, train, drill, upskill, direct, guide, groom
1.1 [no object] Work as a tutor: she is scraping a living on part-time tutoring [with object]: she agreed to tutor a week’s art course
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  • I study and I do part time work tutoring or gardening (mow lawns).
  • He also worked part time tutoring during the university term.
  • His relations with his aunt deteriorated, however, and Nielsen left her home when he was fourteen and he continued at school but earned his living by tutoring.


late Middle English: from Old French tutour or Latin tutor, from tueri 'to watch, guard'.



Pronunciation: /-t(ə)rɪdʒ/
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  • Through his tutorage and by participating in the running and walking activities, the unhealthy have found nirvana.
  • Again, the differentiation between governance, management, and tutorage to the pupils is something that we have to differentiate.
  • Under McGuinness's tutorage Powell adopted a more expressionist style.


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  • Classes take place twice weekly under the tutorship of a professional artist.
  • He will spend a few weeks under tutorship of officers at Corsham Police Station before starting work on the streets.
  • It is likely that, as one of the younger candidates and there only being twelve law tutorships available, he would be expected to wait another year.

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