[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

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Main Entry:  mentorship
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a formal relationship between a student and a professional adult to further the student's knowledge, skills, or career's 21st Century Lexicon
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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
One is that mentorship programmes may be particularly useful for promoting
  entrepreneurship among blacks.
For rich kids, it is this mentorship and access to knowledge that serves them
  far better than the wealth of their family.
She's also had the advice and mentorship of past finalists.
Most of those are research-focused, but some involve mentorship or other
  professional-development issues.
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