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mentor

Meaning: an experienced and trusted guide or advisor; also a verb

For example:

  • My mentor taught me everything I know about writing.

  • My uncle mentored me in martial arts. Now I have a black belt in Judo.

Origin: In ancient Greek mythology, Mentor was Odysseus's friend. In Homer's epic poem Odyssey, Mentor advises Telemachus (Odysseus's son) on several personal issues.

Quick Quiz:

Which of the following is an example of a mentor?

a. a woman giving her neighbour dating advice

b. an artist teaching a student all she knows about painting

c. a dog chasing a cat with kittens

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Contributor: Tara Benwell