V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) a well-intentioned role model, advisor, and guide to someone less experienced, knowledgeable, or mature; (v.) to serve as a counselor, teacher, or guide

Synonyms: (n.) advisor, supporter, guide, tutor, teacher, role model, coach, (v.) guide, advise, support


Tips: The word mentor comes from the Greek character Mentor in Homer's Odyssey. Mentor was the guide and teacher Odysseus asked to care for his son Telemachus, while he was away at war. Use the noun mentor as a more sophisticated way of referring to a teacher or someone who guides others. The verb form means "to act as a mentor to someone."

Usage Examples:

My boss asked me to be a mentor to one of the newer writers in our firm. (advisor, supporter) noun

My friend Kristi mentors young, at-risk girls who need someone to look up to. (guides, tutors, advises) verb

I asked the tenured professor to be my mentor and guide me on my way to becoming a professor myself. (teacher, guide) noun

I couldn't have achieved the success I have today without the help of some wonderful mentors. (teachers, role models, guides) noun

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