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Tutor (verb)

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To Tu'tor. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To instruct, to teach; to document.

    This boy is forest born,
    And hath been tutor'd in the rudiments
    Of many desperate studies by his uncle.
    Shakesp.

                        He cannot be a perfect man,
    Not being tried and tutor'd in the world.
    Shakesp.

    The cock has his spurs, and he strikes his feet inward with singular strength and order; yet he does not this by any syllogistical method, but is merely tutored by instinct. Hale.

  2. To treat with superiority or severity.

                    I hardly yet have learn'd
    T' insinuate, flatter, bow, and bend my knee:
    Give sorrow leave a while to tutor me
    To this submission.
    Shakesp. Rich. II.

    I take a review of my little boys mounted upon hobby-horses, and of little girls tutoring their babies. Addison.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's As You Like It (40) · Hale, Matthew (49) · Shakespeare's Richard II (40) · Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona (41)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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