Definition of mentor in English:

mentor

noun

  • 1An experienced and trusted adviser:

    ‘he was her friend and mentor until his death’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Experienced mentors and script editors are attached to each project.’
    • ‘It relies on a network of 160 volunteers acting as business mentors to advise clients and help develop the new enterprises.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My colleagues were my best friends, family, peers, confidantes and mentors.’
    • ‘The latter was his mentor and friend, for whose editorial skills he always retained sincere admiration.’
    • ‘He was a great mentor and friend and he will be sadly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him well.’
    • ‘He has been both a friend and a mentor to him guiding him thorough the course of his life.’
    • ‘She has become not only my musical mentor but also a friend of mine and of my family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His father is more than a customer, however, serving as a mentor and adviser to Daly.’
    • ‘In these important years, many of us are either fortunate or wise enough to find mentors to help guide our decisions.’
    • ‘Get friends and mentors, advisors you trust and bounce your ideas off them.’
    • ‘He is our mentor, our guide, and he possesses an intellect the size of a planet.’
    • ‘He became my mentor and good friend and he was one of the world's great authorities on James Joyce.’
    • ‘She's a very dear friend and a great mentor and I really look up to her.’
    • ‘Pat was one of the mentors who guided, the ladies to the final of the Ulster Championship.’
    • ‘He was very encouraging and since then he has become a mentor and friend.’
    adviser, guide, confidant, confidante, counsellor, consultant, therapist
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    1. 1.1 An 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Seniors, who quickly turn into mentors to the students, only require patience, a sense of humour and an empathy towards children.’
      • ‘Some of the structures for on-the-job training - like mentors and coaches - are in place.’
      • ‘After four sessions with his mentor, the student was able to pass the course.’
      • ‘Anti-bullying charity Kidscape has trained 24 students to become peer mentors for new students.’
      • ‘It's a tale of the teacher mentor and student who learn from each other, but only in part.’
      • ‘They have both a counsellor service and mentors for students that need them.’
      • ‘A good mentor can help a student or practitioner sort through the options and make decisions.’
      • ‘The employees act as business mentors to provide a career related voice of experience for the student mentee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We want music teachers to be successful as pedagogues and as mentors to their students.’
      • ‘They also use their own students as tutors, recruiters, and mentors for less experienced students.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Peer mentors also help students identify campus leadership opportunities and community service projects of interest.’
      • ‘As the report describes, the mentor program has contributed to the career advancement of protégés.’
      • ‘Students meet with mentors to go over academic success skills, such as planning, listening and test-taking strategies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is also a new mentor program linking young people to adults to develop positive relationships outside their peer group.’
      • ‘The team train volunteers to become mentors on a whole range of topics including drugs and crime.’
      trainer, teacher, tutor, coach, instructor
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Advise or train (someone, especially a younger colleague):

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

mentor

/ˈmɛntɔː/