A tutor is someone who gives private instruction: tutors teach one-on-one.

If you ever helped someone learn something, you could say you tutored them. "Tutor" is also the title of someone who works with students one-on-one. There are writing tutors, music tutors, math tutors, and history tutors. You can find a tutor for just about anything you'd like to learn. Tutoring also sometimes means being the guardian for someone. In all cases, tutors tend to be helpful to their tutees: the people they tutor.

Definitions of tutor

n a person who gives private instruction (as in singing, acting, etc.)

coach, private instructor
a teacher who is paid to cram students for examinations
Type of:
instructor, teacher
a person whose occupation is teaching

v be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction

“She tutored me in Spanish”
Type of:
instruct, learn, teach
impart skills or knowledge to

v act as a guardian to someone

Type of:
interrelate, relate
be in a relationship with

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