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[too-ter, tyoo-] /ˈtu tər, ˈtyu-/
a person employed to instruct another in some branch or branches of learning, especially a private instructor.
a teacher of academic rank lower than instructor in some American universities and colleges.
a teacher without institutional connection who assists students in preparing for examinations.
(especially at Oxford and Cambridge) a university officer, usually a fellow, responsible for teaching and supervising a number of undergraduates.
the guardian of a boy or girl below the age of puberty or majority.
verb (used with object)
to act as a tutor to; teach or instruct, especially privately.
to have the guardianship, instruction, or care of.
to instruct underhandedly; coach:
to tutor a witness before he testifies.
  1. to train, school, or discipline.
  2. to admonish or reprove.
verb (used without object)
to act as a tutor or private instructor.
to study privately with a tutor.
Origin of tutor
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin tūtor protector, equivalent to tū- (variant stem of tuērī to guard; see tutelage) + -tor -tor
Related forms
tutorless, adjective
tutorship, noun
mistutor, verb
subtutor, noun
subtutorship, noun
undertutor, noun
well-tutored, adjective
Synonym Study
6. See teach. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tutor
  • The tutor who struggled to teach me high-school math had stumbled across much of it on foot.
  • He hired a tutor to teach him calculus so that he could better understand physics.
  • Many students who are struggling seek help from teachers and peers instead of a private tutor.
  • If you have native speakers kicking about your town or campus you could look for a tutor in your community.
  • Subtly challenging them, their tutor tried to convey to them his confidence in their learning ability.
  • Continued on as volunteer school librarian and tutor.
  • The tutor tells you the thing you have to memorize and then you memorize it.
  • When you have done all you can with that one, then hire a tutor and talk with her or him every day.
  • Helicopter parents hire tutors, do their kids work for them, tutor their kids themselves.
  • In the wild, though, their calls may go much higher in pitch and much faster in tempo than any human tutor's voice.
British Dictionary definitions for tutor


a teacher, usually instructing individual pupils and often engaged privately
(at universities, colleges, etc) a member of staff responsible for the teaching and supervision of a certain number of students
(Scots law) the guardian of a pupil See pupil1 (sense 2)
to act as a tutor to (someone); instruct
(transitive) to act as guardian to; have care of
(intransitive) (mainly US) to study under a tutor
(transitive) (rare) to admonish, discipline, or reprimand
Derived Forms
tutorage, tutorship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: a watcher, from tuērī to watch over
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tutor

late 14c., "guardian, custodian," from Old French tutour "guardian, private teacher," from Latin tutorem (nominative tutor) "guardian, watcher," from tutus, variant past participle of tueri "watch over," of unknown origin. Specific sense of "senior boy appointed to help a junior in his studies" is recorded from 1680s.


1590s, from tutor (n.). Related: Tutored; tutoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tutor in Technology

A Scripting language on PLATO systems from CDC.
["The TUTOR Language", Bruce Sherwood, Control Data, 1977].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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