Verb apprentice Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


apprentice (third-person singular simple present apprentices, present participle apprenticing, simple past and past participle apprenticed)

  1. (transitive) To put under the care and supervision of a master, for the purpose of instruction in a trade or business.
  2. (transitive) To be an apprentice to.

More definition:

1.a person who works for another in order to learn a trade, an apprentice to a plumber.

2.History/Historical. a person legally bound through indenture to a master craftsman in order to learn a trade.

3.a learner; novice; tyro.

4.U.S. Navy. an enlisted person receiving specialized training.

5.a jockey with less than one year's experience who has won fewer than 40 races. bind to or place with an employer, master craftsman, or the like, for instruction in a trade. serve as an apprentice, He apprenticed for 14 years under a master silversmith.

1. someone who works for a skilled or qualified person in order to learn a trade or profession, esp for a recognized period

2. any beginner or novice verb

3. (transitive) to take, place, or bind as an apprentice Derived Formsapprenticeship, noun Word OriginC14, from Old French aprentis, from Old French aprendre to learn, from Latin apprehendere to apprehendCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
c.1300, from Old French aprentiz "someone learning" (13c., Modern French apprenti, taking the older form as a plural), also as an adjective, "unskilled, inexperienced," from aprendre (Modern French apprendre) "to learn; to teach," contracted from Latin apprehendere (see apprehend). Shortened form prentice long was more usual in English.
1630s, from apprentice (n.). Related, Apprenticed; apprenticing.


In 1851 he began his engineering career as apprentice in an establishment at Manchester.

This was a form of apprenticeship, and it is not clear that the apprentice had any filial relation.

The first is of a preliminary character, qualifying for registration as a student or apprentice; in lieu of this examination, certificates of matriculation at a university, and those of certain other educational bodies, are accepted.

The latter has other interesting pictures, including a fresco representing an apprentice with pestle and mortar (Pestapepe), the only authentic work in Forli of Melozzo da Forli (1438-1494), an eminent master whose style was formed under the influence of Piero della Francesca, and who was the master of Palmezzano; the frescoes in the Sforza chapel in SS.

Besides these, there is also an apprentice school for industrial training.

David Barclay (the son of the famous apologist for the Quakers) was an apprentice in the house, but he subsequently became master, and had the honour of receiving George II.

The statute of 5 Elizabeth, c. 4, also curtailed their jurisdiction over journeymen and apprentices (see Apprentice Ship).

He began his medical career as apprentice to John Paisley, a Glasgow surgeon, and after completing his apprenticeship he became surgeon to a merchant vessel trading between London and the West Indies.

The released apprentice now visited his parents, and worked for a little time with them on the farm, meanwhile seeking employment in various printing offices, and, when he got it, giving nearly all his earnings to his father.

He served for a while as a saddler's apprentice, and after 1826 devoted himself to the life of a professional guide and hunter.

2 Samuel Lincoln (c. 1619-1690), the president's first American ancestor, son of Edward Lincoln, gent., of Hingham, Norfolk, emigrated to Massachusetts in 1637 as apprentice to a weaver and settled with two older brothers in Hingham, Mass.

There had been no one at Nuremberg skilled enough in the art of metal-engraving to teach it him to much purpose, and it had at one time been his father's intention to apprentice him to Martin Schongauer of Colmar, the most refined and accomplished German painter-engraver of his time.

MABINOGION (plural of Welsh mabinogi, from mabinog, a bard's apprentice), the title given to the collection of eleven Welsh prose tales (from the Red Book of Hergest) published (1838) by Lady Charlotte Guest, but applied in the Red Book to four only.

His father, whose name also was William, began life as an apprentice to a fitter, in which service he obtained the freedom of Newcastle, becoming a member of the gild of Hoastmen (coal-fitters); later in life he became a principal in the business, and attained a respectable position as a merchant in Newcastle, accumulating property worth nearly £ 20,000.

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