A Word A Day : Mentor

Word of 4th June 2007: A Word A Day-Mentor


( Noun )

Mentor (MEN tur): a teacher, tutor, counselor, or coach; especially in business, an experienced person who shows an inexperienced person the ropes

Mentor is too big a word to apply to just an ordinary teacher. A student might have many teachers but only one mentor: the person who taught him what was really important.

Chris's mentor in the pole vault was a former track star who used to hang out by the gym and give the students pointers.

Young men and women in business often talk about the importance of having a mentor-usually an older person at the same company who takes an interest in them and helps them get ahead by showing them the ropes.

Mentor is often used as a verb, but you shouldn't do it.

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