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- IPA: /əˈpɹɛntɪs/
Old English apprentice, prentice, Old French aprentis, nom. of aprentif, from apprendare to learn, Latin apprendere, equiv. to apprehendere, to take hold of (by the mind), to comprehend. See Apprehend, Prentice.
- A trainee, especially in a skilled trade.
- (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.
- (dated) One not well versed in a subject; a tyro or newbie.
Third person singular
- (transitive) To put under the care and supervision of a master, for the purpose of instruction in a trade or business.
- “apprentice” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “apprentice” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
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