Definition of mentor in English:



  • 1An experienced and trusted adviser.

    ‘he was her friend and mentor until his death’
    • ‘Under the terms of the Trust, a mentor is to be provided for the successful students to assist and support them during their time at college.’
    • ‘He is our mentor, our guide, and he possesses an intellect the size of a planet.’
    • ‘Get friends and mentors, advisors you trust and bounce your ideas off them.’
    • ‘She's a very dear friend and a great mentor and I really look up to her.’
    • ‘He was very encouraging and since then he has become a mentor and friend.’
    • ‘He was a kind, gracious, and generous friend, and a mentor beyond compare.’
    • ‘Back in Rome, he met Polybius, who became his friend and his mentor in preparing him for a public career.’
    • ‘His father is more than a customer, however, serving as a mentor and adviser to Daly.’
    • ‘My colleagues were my best friends, family, peers, confidantes and mentors.’
    • ‘But finding a guide, a coach, a friend, a mentor and a support unit, all wrapped up in the one person, is not going to be easy.’
    • ‘A group of mentors will guide refugees through their early months in the town in a scheme aimed at acclimatising them to life in their new home.’
    • ‘In these important years, many of us are either fortunate or wise enough to find mentors to help guide our decisions.’
    • ‘He became my mentor and good friend and he was one of the world's great authorities on James Joyce.’
    • ‘The latter was his mentor and friend, for whose editorial skills he always retained sincere admiration.’
    • ‘It relies on a network of 160 volunteers acting as business mentors to advise clients and help develop the new enterprises.’
    • ‘Experienced mentors and script editors are attached to each project.’
    • ‘He has been both a friend and a mentor to him guiding him thorough the course of his life.’
    • ‘He was a great mentor and friend and he will be sadly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him well.’
    • ‘She has become not only my musical mentor but also a friend of mine and of my family.’
    • ‘Pat was one of the mentors who guided, the ladies to the final of the Ulster Championship.’
    adviser, guide, confidant, confidante, counsellor, consultant, therapist
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    1. 1.1An experienced person in a company or educational institution who trains and counsels new employees or students.
      ‘regular meetings between mentor and trainee help guide young engineers through their early years’
      [as modifier] ‘a mentor program’
      • ‘They also use their own students as tutors, recruiters, and mentors for less experienced students.’
      • ‘Selecting high school students as mentors can present unique challenges for program directors.’
      • ‘Trained high school mentors actually facilitate the program, often speaking from their own painful experiences.’
      • ‘Students meet with mentors to go over academic success skills, such as planning, listening and test-taking strategies.’
      • ‘It's a tale of the teacher mentor and student who learn from each other, but only in part.’
      • ‘A good mentor can help a student or practitioner sort through the options and make decisions.’
      • ‘After four sessions with his mentor, the student was able to pass the course.’
      • ‘Peer mentors also help students identify campus leadership opportunities and community service projects of interest.’
      • ‘The Year 9 mentors are trained by children's charity Childline and run lunchtime support clubs as well as a drop-in centre where younger students can call in for advice or help.’
      • ‘Some of the structures for on-the-job training - like mentors and coaches - are in place.’
      • ‘As the report describes, the mentor program has contributed to the career advancement of protégés.’
      • ‘They have both a counsellor service and mentors for students that need them.’
      • ‘The team train volunteers to become mentors on a whole range of topics including drugs and crime.’
      • ‘Anti-bullying charity Kidscape has trained 24 students to become peer mentors for new students.’
      • ‘Seniors, who quickly turn into mentors to the students, only require patience, a sense of humour and an empathy towards children.’
      • ‘Both schools have developed a peer support programme with the county council's behavioural support unit, where senior students are trained as mentors for younger students.’
      • ‘The employees act as business mentors to provide a career related voice of experience for the student mentee.’
      • ‘There is also a new mentor program linking young people to adults to develop positive relationships outside their peer group.’
      • ‘It will not even allow me to say that I have been the best mentor and example for students, but I have always tried to be.’
      • ‘We want music teachers to be successful as pedagogues and as mentors to their students.’
      trainer, teacher, tutor, coach, instructor
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  • Advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague)

    ‘both trainees were expertly mentored by a site supervisor’
    ‘mentoring should be encouraged’
    • ‘After the team goes through the initial training, they are continually being trained and mentored by peers and lead staff.’
    • ‘How about giving a tutorial, or mentoring those of us that want to do more but just don't know how?’
    • ‘In the making of many of these sites, teens are being mentored and trained to create the kind of media they want.’
    • ‘It would be great for him to be mentored into working.’
    • ‘Carol Adams wants automatic time out of the classroom so teachers can learn from and be mentored by experienced colleagues during their first five years.’
    • ‘I was mentored by a millionaire, and now I'm mentoring those who read the book.’
    • ‘Graduate students no longer feel like apprentices who are being mentored to join a scholarly guild.’
    • ‘When they are here we would like to make sure they are orientated and mentored both culturally, linguistically and also into the system in which they are working.’
    • ‘Awarded to recognize a writer's entire body of work, the prize's terms also include having mentored other writers.’
    • ‘Now the 50 divisional heads are being mentored by junior managers.’
    • ‘As a teacher, she has mentored many of the young singers coming to prominence, Clare Teal being one.’
    • ‘He gets mentored and is advised and is on a six, rather than a five - year program.’
    • ‘With all these requisite skills, most successful camp directors have been carefully mentored through the ranks.’
    • ‘He has worked very hard to make his way in the party, making his name by slogging it out in opposition rather than being mentored or having union connections to smooth his path.’
    • ‘The older man had mentored the younger so expertly that Powell had become surplus to Charlton's requirements.’
    • ‘I met people there that were a little older, who mentored me.’
    • ‘It says a new generation of leaders need to be mentored and trained, while collaborative work between groups could become a condition of funding.’
    • ‘Through the years he mentored many young doctors and nurses.’
    • ‘They are mentored through sporting and social activities ranging from rock climbing to basketball by more than 270 volunteers.’
    • ‘Using herself as an example, she said she mentored youngsters in her church and family before retiring.’


Mid 18th century: via French and Latin from Greek Mentōr, the name of the adviser of the young Telemachus in Homer's Odyssey.