apprentice

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Old French aprentis, plural of aprentif, from the verb aprendre, Late Latin apprendō, from Classical Latin apprehendō.

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apprentice (plural apprentices)

  1. A trainee, especially in a skilled trade.
  2. (historical) One who is bound by indentures or by legal agreement to serve a tradesperson, or other person, for a certain time, with a view to learn the art, or trade, in which his master is bound to instruct him.
  3. (dated) One not well versed in a subject; a tyro or newbie.

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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.
    Joe apprenticed three different photographers before setting up his own studio.

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