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mentor

[men-tawr, -ter] /ˈmɛn tɔr, -tər/
noun
1.
a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
2.
an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
verb (used without object)
3.
to act as a mentor:
She spent years mentoring to junior employees.
verb (used with object)
4.
to act as a mentor to:
The brash young executive did not wish to be mentored by anyone.
Origin of mentor
1740-1750
1740-50; after Mentor (< Greek Méntōr)
Related forms
mentorship, noun
Synonyms
1. adviser, master, guide, preceptor.

Mentor

[men-tawr, -ter] /ˈmɛn tɔr, -tər/
noun
1.
(in the Odyssey) a loyal adviser of Odysseus entrusted with the care and education of Telemachus.

Mentor

[men-ter] /ˈmɛn tər/
noun
1.
a town in NE Ohio.
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  • That Caspar Brooke—his friend, his mentor, almost his hero—should not have been able to live with his wife was bad enough!

    Brooke's Daughter Adeline Sergeant
  • For once let us be your mentors—you who have always been the mentor of others.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • Then Minerva assumed the form and voice of mentor, and presently made a covenant of peace between the two contending parties.

    The Odyssey Homer
  • "I understand you, and I do not think you silly at all," said her mentor.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • His mentor is ready in the shape of a third-season man, and under his protecting influence he sallies forth.

British Dictionary definitions for mentor

mentor

/ˈmɛntɔː/
noun
1.
a wise or trusted adviser or guide
verb
2.
to act as a mentor to (someone); train
Derived Forms
mentorial, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Mentor

Mentor

/ˈmɛntɔː/
noun
1.
the friend whom Odysseus put in charge of his household when he left for Troy. He was the adviser of the young Telemachus
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Word Origin and History for mentor
n.

"wise advisor," 1750, from Greek Mentor, friend of Odysseus and adviser of Telemachus (but often actually Athene in disguise) in the "Odyssey," perhaps ultimately meaning "adviser," because the name appears to be an agent noun of mentos "intent, purpose, spirit, passion" from PIE *mon-eyo- (cf. Sanskrit man-tar- "one who thinks," Latin mon-i-tor "one who admonishes"), causative form of root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)). The general use of the word probably is via later popular romances, in which Mentor played a larger part than he does in Homer.

v.

1888, from mentor (n.). Related: Mentored; mentoring.

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mentor in Technology


CAI language. "Computer Systems for Teaching Complex Concepts", Report 1742, BBN, Mar 1969.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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