What does instruction mean?

Definitions for instruction
ɪnˈstrʌk ʃənin·struc·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word instruction.

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.

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. Alwalid Alekrish:

    We're very confident that is still the date, that's the contractual target. We have not had any instruction to do any sort of reduction.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    When wolf doesn't want to be named directly in the cruel acts on animals, his hired crafty fox spreads the news across the forest that it is an instruction of X beast.

  3. Megan Collins:

    We're seeing a substantial disconnect. There are states not prioritizing teachers for vaccine that are fully open for in-person instruction, and others that are prioritizing teachers for vaccines, but aren’t open at all, if states are going to use teacher vaccinations as a part of the process for safely returning to classrooms, it's very important then to be able to communicate that information so people know that teachers are actually getting vaccines.

  4. Duyeon Kim:

    By exercising my power authorized by the Supreme Leader, our Party and the state, I gave an instruction to the ... department in charge of the affairs with (the) enemy to decisively carry out the next action.

  5. Elbert Hubbard:

    The point I wish to make is this: [President William] McKinley gave Rowan a letter to be delivered to Garcia; Rowan took the letter & did not ask, Where is he at? By the Eternal! there is a man whose form should be cast in deathless bronze & the statue placed in every college of the land. It is not book-learning young men need, nor instruction about this and that, but a stiffening of the vertebrae which will cause them to be loyal to a trust, to act promptly, concentrate their energies: do the thing. Carry a message to Garcia!

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Translations for instruction

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  • تعليمات, تعليمArabic
  • instrukceCzech
  • vejlederen, vejledningDanish
  • Assemblerbefehl, Anweisung, UnterrichtGerman
  • οδηγία, εντολή, εκπαίδευση, συμβουλήGreek
  • instruadoEsperanto
  • instrucciónSpanish
  • opettaminen, ohje, opastus, ohjaaminenFinnish
  • instructionFrench
  • treoir, deachtúIrish
  • stiùireadh, teagasgScottish Gaelic
  • הוראהHebrew
  • 指示, 命令, 教訓, インストラクションJapanese
  • īnstructiōLatin
  • onderwijs, instructieDutch
  • instruçãoPortuguese
  • învățare, instruire, îndrumare, indicație, instrucțiune, învățământ, învățăturăRomanian
  • инструктаж, инструкцияRussian
  • instruktion, skolväsen, undervisning, instruktörSwedish
  • agizo, magizoSwahili
  • அறிவுறுத்தல்Tamil

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