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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
1740-1750
1740-50; after Mentor (< Greek Méntōr)
Related forms
mentorship, noun
Synonyms
1. adviser, master, guide, preceptor.
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British Dictionary definitions for mentor ship

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 ship

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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Encyclopedia Article for mentor ship

Mentor

city, Lake county, northeastern Ohio, U.S. It lies on Lake Erie, about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Cleveland. Mentor township, organized in 1815, was named either for Hiram Mentor, an early settler, or for the Mentor of Homeric verse (the tutor of Telemachus, Odysseus's son). Mentor Village was separately incorporated in 1855. After World War II the area experienced rapid population and industrial growth, and in 1963 the township and village were consolidated. James A. Garfield, later U.S. president, bought a farm there in 1876, and his home, Lawnfield, has been preserved as a national historic site and memorial museum depicting the history of the Western Reserve. There are many garden nurseries in the vicinity; Headlands State Park and Headlands Dunes and Mentor Marsh state nature preserves are adjacent to the city. Inc. city, 1963. Pop. (2000) city, 50,278; Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA, 2,148,153; (2005 est.) city, 51,485; Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA, 2,126,318.

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