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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [men-tawr, -ter]
    • /ˈmɛn tɔr, -tər/
    • /ˈmen.tɔːr/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [men-tawr, -ter]
    • /ˈmɛn tɔr, -tər/

Definitions of mentor word

  • noun mentor (in the Odyssey) a loyal adviser of Odysseus entrusted with the care and education of Telemachus. 1
  • verb without object mentor to act as a mentor: She spent years mentoring to junior employees. 1
  • verb with object mentor to act as a mentor to: The brash young executive did not wish to be mentored by anyone. 1
  • noun mentor Advise or train (someone, esp. a younger colleague). 1
  • noun mentor advisor, teacher 1
  • transitive verb mentor guide, advise 1

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Origin of mentor

First appearance:

before 1740
One of the 48% newest English words
1740-50; after Mentor (< Greek Méntōr)

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Mentor


mentor popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 87% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

mentor usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for mentor

noun mentor

  • trainer — a person or thing that trains.
  • adviser — An adviser is an expert whose job is to give advice to another person or to a group of people.
  • coach — A coach is someone who trains a person or team of people in a particular sport.
  • guide — to assist (a person) to travel through, or reach a destination in, an unfamiliar area, as by accompanying or giving directions to the person: He guided us through the forest.
  • tutor — a person employed to instruct another in some branch or branches of learning, especially a private instructor.

verb mentor

  • advise — If you advise someone to do something, you tell them what you think they should do.
  • counsel — Counsel is advice.
  • instruct — to furnish with knowledge, especially by a systematic method; teach; train; educate.
  • edify — to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.
  • educate — to develop the faculties and powers of (a person) by teaching, instruction, or schooling. Synonyms: instruct, school, drill, indoctrinate.

Antonyms for mentor

noun mentor

  • pupil — the expanding and contracting opening in the iris of the eye, through which light passes to the retina.
  • student — a person formally engaged in learning, especially one enrolled in a school or college; pupil: a student at Yale.

verb mentor

  • hinder — to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  • inhibit — to restrain, hinder, arrest, or check (an action, impulse, etc.).

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