What does instruction mean?

Definitions for instruction
ɪnˈstrʌk ʃənin·struc·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. direction, instructionnoun

    a message describing how something is to be done

    "he gave directions faster than she could follow them"

  2. education, instruction, teaching, pedagogy, didactics, educational activitynoun

    the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill

    "he received no formal education"; "our instruction was carefully programmed"; "good classroom teaching is seldom rewarded"

  3. teaching, instruction, pedagogynoun

    the profession of a teacher

    "he prepared for teaching while still in college"; "pedagogy is recognized as an important profession"

  4. instruction, command, statement, program linenoun

    (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program


  1. Instructionnoun

    That which instructs, or with which one is instructed; the intelligence or information imparted; as: (a) Precept; information; teachings. (b) Direction; order; command.


  1. instructionnoun

    The act of instructing, teaching, or furnishing with information or knowledge.

  2. instructionnoun

    An instance of the information or knowledge so furnished.

  3. instructionnoun

    An order or command.

  4. instructionnoun

    A single operation of a processor defined by an instruction set architecture.

  5. Etymology: instructio: confer French instruction.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Instructionnoun

    Etymology: instruction, French; from instruct.

    It lies on you to speak,
    Not by your own instruction, nor by any matter
    Which your heart prompts you to, but with such words
    As are rooted in your tongue. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    We are beholden to judicious writers of all ages, for those discoveries and discourses they have left behind them for our instruction. John Locke.

    Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to receive my words? Jer. xxxv.

    On ev'ry thorn delightful wisdom grows,
    In ev'ry stream a sweet instruction flows;
    But some untaught o'erhear the whisper'ring rill,
    In spite of sacred leisure, blockheads still. Edward Young.

    See this dispatch'd with all the haste thou can'st;
    Anon I'll give thee more iustruction. William Shakespeare.


  1. Instruction

    Instruction is a song by English DJ and record producer Jax Jones, featuring American singer Demi Lovato and English rapper Stefflon Don. It was written by MNEK, Stefflon Don, Demi Lovato and Jax Jones, with the song's production handled by Jax Jones and Mark Ralph. It was released on 16 June 2017, through Polydor Records. "Instruction" is included on the deluxe edition of Lovato's sixth studio album, Tell Me You Love Me.


  1. instruction

    Instruction refers to the act of educating, teaching, or providing informative guidance on a specific task, subject, or behavior. It often involves sharing knowledge, techniques or skills from an instructor to a student or receiver. It can also refer to a specific set of directions or orders given with the intention to accomplish a particular objective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Instructionnoun

    the act of instructing, teaching, or furnishing with knowledge; information

  2. Instructionnoun

    that which instructs, or with which one is instructed; the intelligence or information imparted

  3. Instructionnoun

    precept; information; teachings

  4. Instructionnoun

    direction; order; command

  5. Etymology: [L. instructio: cf. F. instruction.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Instruction

    Works consisting of nonfiction films and video designed to teach, instruct, or train. (From Moving Image Materials: Genre Terms, 1988)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. instruction

    The education or training of soldiers in military duties. In the U. S. service the colonel has general charge of the instruction of his regiment.

Editors Contribution

  1. instruction

    A computer language to perform a specific function.

    The computer program had an internal instruction that enabled it to perform so efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 11, 2020  

  2. instructionverb

    Verb form of the word instruct.

    The instruction was fair, just and crystal clear.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 6, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'instruction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4007

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'instruction' in Nouns Frequency: #788

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of instruction in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of instruction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of instruction in a Sentence

  1. Eugene Stearns:

    I believe the instruction on falsity to be unprecedented in the history of securities litigation.

  2. Plato:

    Man...is a tame or civilized animal never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.

  3. Carl Green:

    I took it as an instruction to leave.

  4. Ambrose Gwinett Bierce:

    Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.

  5. Albert Einstein:

    It is in fact nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry for what this delicate little plant needs more than anything, besides stimulation, is freedom. It is a very grave mistake to think that the enjoyment of seeing and searching can be promoted by means of coercion and a sense of duty.

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