I what to know whether there is any verb form of tuition or not.
Suppose I teach some students in their home as a private tutor.
Can I say that : " I shall tuition you tomorrow"

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    You could use tuition as a verb, but you might be the only person doing so. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) lists 'tuition' only as a noun. In North America it is usually used as a short version of tuition fees. Note Webster's American English Dictionary (1828) 'In our colleges, the tuition is from thirty to forty dollars a year'–which the OED gives as an example of tuition meaning tuition-fees. – Alan Carmack Aug 30 '16 at 3:32
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    @user356595 Do you want to say: "I shall charge you a fee tomorrow" or "I shall teach you tomorrow" ? – P. E. Dant Reinstate Monica Aug 30 '16 at 3:35
  • I guess you could say I will 'tuit' you tomorrow, along the lines of the verb 'to intuit' (Cf 'intuition'). But again, this is not a word in usage. So, yes, to tutor or to teach/instruct. – Alan Carmack Aug 30 '16 at 3:39


Tuition comes from the verb "to tutor", so you would say

I shall tutor you tomorrow

Tuition is very commonly alluded to money and costs/fees... since we only ever see the word tuition next to the word fees. i.e "tuition and fees", "tuition fees"

How much is tuition?

I'm not paying such high tuition.

Spoken, and also written, this is a completely acceptable usage of the word, but in my opinion, the word tuition does not indicate anything of monetary value. You can't pay for things with tuition.

You pay for the tuition.

This is to say that tuition is the action of tutoring. Being mentored, guided, guarded and taught is what tuition is. That is what you pay for.

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    @user356595 I don't know a single native speaker of American English who would use 'tuition' to mean 'the act of tutoring someone, or rather, teaching/mentoring'. This is a valid definition, but most American English speakers do not know that. The only 'tuition' I'm familiar is the money you pay to receive an education. – Alan Carmack Aug 30 '16 at 2:46
  • Also 'tuition' does not come from the verb 'to tutor'. According to the Oxford English Dictionary it comes straight from Anglo-Norman/Old French from the corresponding noun form(s) of those languages. – Alan Carmack Aug 30 '16 at 2:51
  • I've updated my answer @AlanCarmack. – dockeryZ Aug 30 '16 at 3:08
  • Tuition: "The action or business of teaching a pupil or pupils; the function of a tutor or instructor (see tutor n.); teaching, instruction." (OED) See also Oxford Online dictionary, taking note of the "North American" meaning. – Alan Carmack Aug 30 '16 at 3:24
  • +1 as I could never think of 'tutor' as a verb until I read this! Well, in InE, we have tuition classes! as well! 'Tuition' here means 'coaching classes', charges you pay to a tutor is 'tuition fees.' – Maulik V Sep 4 '17 at 9:56

I read it used like this: ". . .this inherent talent still had to be nurtured through tuition." The Colors of All Cattle; No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, (2018, Pantheon) by Alexander McCall Smith. He is a Scott and this series takes place in Botswana. His use here of the word "tuition" is why I looked it up.

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  • That's not a verb form. – Nathan Tuggy Jan 26 '19 at 5:26

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