Mentoring



[men-tawr, -ter] /ˈmɛn tɔr, -tər/

noun
1.
a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
2.
an influential senior sponsor or supporter.
verb (used without object)
3.
to act as a mentor:
She spent years mentoring to junior employees.
verb (used with object)
4.
to act as a mentor to:
The brash young executive did not wish to be mentored by anyone.
/ˈmɛntərɪŋ/
noun
1.
(in business) the practice of assigning a junior member of staff to the care of a more experienced person who assists him in his career
/ˈmɛntɔː/
noun
1.
a wise or trusted adviser or guide
verb
2.
to act as a mentor to (someone); train
/ˈmɛntɔː/
noun
1.
the friend whom Odysseus put in charge of his household when he left for Troy. He was the adviser of the young Telemachus
n.

“wise advisor,” 1750, from Greek Mentor, friend of Odysseus and adviser of Telemachus (but often actually Athene in disguise) in the “Odyssey,” perhaps ultimately meaning “adviser,” because the name appears to be an agent noun of mentos “intent, purpose, spirit, passion” from PIE *mon-eyo- (cf. Sanskrit man-tar- “one who thinks,” Latin mon-i-tor “one who admonishes”), causative form of root *men- “to think” (see mind (n.)). The general use of the word probably is via later popular romances, in which Mentor played a larger part than he does in Homer.
v.

1888, from mentor (n.). Related: Mentored; mentoring.

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