[men-tawr, -ter]
a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
verb (used without object)
to act as a mentor: She spent years mentoring to junior employees.
verb (used with object)
to act as a mentor to: The brash young executive did not wish to be mentored by anyone.

1740–50; after Mentor (< Greek Méntōr)

mentorship, noun

1. adviser, master, guide, preceptor. Unabridged
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mentor (ˈmɛntɔː)
1.  a wise or trusted adviser or guide
2.  to act as a mentor to (someone); train
[C18: from Mentor]

Mentor (ˈmɛntɔː)
the friend whom Odysseus put in charge of his household when he left for Troy. He was the adviser of the young Telemachus

mentoring (ˈmɛntərɪŋ)
(in business) the practice of assigning a junior member of staff to the care of a more experienced person who assists him in his career

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Word Origin & History

"wise advisor," 1750, from Gk. Mentor, character in the "Odyssey," friend of Odysseus, adviser of Telemachus (often actually Athene in disguise), perhaps ult. meaning "adviser," since the name appears to be an agent noun of mentos "intent, purpose, spirit, passion" from PIE *mon-eyo- (cf. Skt. man-tar-
"one who thinks," L. mon-i-tor "one who admonishes"), causative form of base *men- "to think" (see mental). Related: Mentored; mentoring.
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Example sentences
We also do a lot of mentoring and career counseling.
Steps to avoid wrongdoing in the first place-such as education, training,
  mentoring and monitoring-are not free either.
Countless programs-many of them successful-have funneled more resources toward
  mentoring or tutoring for high-risk students.
It then provides extensive mentoring to encourage the students to continue on
  to graduate school.
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