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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.

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. Voltaire:

    Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

  2. Megan Kuhfeld:

    It appears that math is something that parents don't feel as comfortable doing with their kids, we find that math is often something that parents view as the school's domain to instruct students on. So typically, when school is out, math just happens less in the home than reading.

  3. Yogananda Pittman:

    I want to assure everyone that, with the exception of specific times on Inauguration Day National Guard while the swearing-in ceremonies were underway, Capitol Police did not instruct National Guard to vacate the Capitol Building facilities.

  4. Richard Neal:

    Tax policy is pretty complicated. There are times when individual returns can instruct you. Other times, you might seek a business return, it has to conform to the principle of a pretty narrow law.

  5. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche:

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

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