1. One bound by legal agreement to work for another for a specific amount of time in return for instruction in a trade, art, or business.
2. One who is learning a trade or occupation, especially as a member of a labor union.
3. A beginner; a learner.
v. ap·pren·ticed, ap·pren·tic·ing, ap·pren·tic·es
To work as an apprentice: She apprenticed at the ceramics studio.
To engage as an apprentice: In colonial times many children were apprenticed to craftsmen.
[Middle English apprentis, from Old French aprentis, from Vulgar Latin *apprēnditīcius, from *apprēnditus, alteration of Latin apprehēnsus, past participle of apprehendere, to seize; see APPREHEND.]
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