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Princeton's WordNet

  1. teach, learn, instructverb

    impart skills or knowledge to

    "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat"

  2. instructverb

    give instructions or directions for some task

    "She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation"

  3. instruct, apprise, apprizeverb

    make aware of

    "Have the students been apprised of the tuition hike?"


  1. instructnoun


  2. instructverb

    To teach or direct; to give instructions.

    Listen carefully when someone instructs you to assemble.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To INSTRUCTverb

    Etymology: instruo, Latin; instruire, French.

    Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee. Deut. iv. 36.

    His God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him. Isa. xxviii. 26.

    They that were instructed in the songs of the Lord were two hundred fourscore and eight. 1 Chron. xxv. 7.

    These are the things wherein Solomon was instructed for building of the house of God. 2 Chron. iii. 3.

    Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, instructed about the song, because he was skilful. 1 Chron. xv. 22.

    She being before instructed of her mother. Matth. xiv. 8.

    Thou approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law. Rom. ii. 18.

    Instruct me, for thou knowest. John Milton.

    He ever by consulting at thy shrine
    Return'd the wiser, or the more instruct
    To fly or follow what concern'd him most. John Milton.

    They speak to the merits of a cause, after the proctor has prepared and instructed the same for a hearing before the judge. John Ayliffe, Parergon.


  1. instruct

    To instruct means to teach or educate someone on a specific subject matter or skill. This teaching or guiding process can involve providing directions, demonstrating steps, imparting knowledge, or giving orders or commands to execute certain tasks. The purpose is often to help an individual understand, improve, perform a duty, or achieve a particular goal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instructadjective

    arranged; furnished; provided

  2. Instructadjective

    instructed; taught; enlightened

  3. Instructverb

    to put in order; to form; to prepare

  4. Instructverb

    to form by communication of knowledge; to inform the mind of; to impart knowledge or information to; to enlighten; to teach; to discipline

  5. Instructverb

    to furnish with directions; to advise; to direct; to command; as, the judge instructs the jury

  6. Etymology: [L. instructus, p. p. of instruere to furnish, provide, construct, instruct; pref. in- in, on + struere. See Structure.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Instruct

    in-strukt′, v.t. to prepare: to inform: to teach: to order or command.—adj. (Milt.) instructed.—adj. Instruct′ible, able to be instructed.—n. Instruc′tion, the act of instructing or teaching: information: command: (pl.) special directions, commands—in parliamentary sense, 'Instructions to the Committee' are supplementary and auxiliary to the Bill under consideration, but falling broadly within its general scope.—adjs. Instruc′tional, relating to instruction: educational; Instruc′tive, containing instruction or information: conveying knowledge.—adv. Instruc′tively.—ns. Instruc′tiveness; Instruc′tor:—fem. Instruc′tress. [L. instruĕre, instructumin, in, struĕre, to pile up.]

Editors Contribution

  1. instruct

    To direct or teach.

    They did instruct easily and efficiently and achieved fantastic results.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2020  

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    Rank popularity for the word 'instruct' in Verbs Frequency: #764

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of instruct in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of instruct in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of instruct in a Sentence

  1. Plato:

    Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil.

  2. Robin Tam:

    There are clearly a number of further steps that need to be taken regarding this matter, it is not yet apparent whether Mr Kovtun intends to instruct legal representatives. (A lawyer for the inquiry) has asked him to supply a detailed witness statement but has not yet received such a document.

  3. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

  4. Alex Mooney:

    It’s something I ’m certainly going to look at, i do n’t know how arrogant you have to be to think that as a Democrat U.S. senator, you can instruct Republicans who vote in primaries how to vote.

  5. The Daily Wire:

    A clear majority of Americans (65%), including 69% of parents, say it is ‘inappropriate’ for teachers to instruct students in grades K-3 on sexual orientations while 21% say it is ‘appropriate,’.

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