Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a wise and trusted guide and advisor
  2. (verb, communication) serve as a teacher or trusted counselor
    She is a fine lecturer but she doesn't like mentoring

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Synonyms of Mentor

wise man

Alternate forms of Mentor

Hyponyms: sage

Hypernyms: instruct, intellect, intellectual, learn, teach

Origin of the word Mentor

  1. "wise advisor," 1750, from Gk. Mentor, character in the "Odyssey," friend of Odysseus, adviser of Telemachus (often actually Athene in disguise), perhaps ult. meaning "adviser," since the name appears to be an agent noun of mentos "intent, purpose, spirit, passion" from PIE *mon-eyo- (cf. Skt. man-tar- "one who thinks," L. mon-i-tor "one who a… more

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