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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Teach, Edward Teach, Thatch, Edward Thatch, Blackbeardverb

    an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)

  2. teach, learn, instructverb

    impart skills or knowledge to

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

  3. teachverb

    accustom gradually to some action or attitude

    "The child is taught to obey her parents"


  1. teachverb

    To show (someone) the way; to guide, conduct.

  2. teachverb

    To pass on knowledge.

  3. teachverb

    To pass on knowledge, especially as one's profession; to act as a teacher.

    She used to teach at university.

  4. Teachnoun

    Nickname for a teacher.

    I'm not in trouble again, am I, Teach?

  5. Etymology: From techen, from tæcan, from taikijanan, from deyǵe-. Cognate with tech, teich, zeigen,, dico, δείκνυμι. More at token.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Teachverb

    preter. and part. pass. taught, sometimes teached,

    Etymology: tæcan , Sax.

    The Lord will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. Isa. ii. 3.

    Teach us by what means to shun
    Th’ inclement seasons. John Milton.

    Moses wrote this song, and taught it. Deut. xxxi. 22.

    In vain they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Mat. xv. 9.

    They teach all nations what of him they learn’d. John Milton.

    He is a good divine that follows his own instructions; I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than to be one of the twenty to follow my own teaching. William Shakespeare.

    If some men teach wicked things, it must be that others should practise them. Robert South, Sermons.

    Huswives are teached, instead of a clocke,
    How winter night passeth by crowing of cocke. Thomas Tusser.

  2. To Teachverb

    To perform the office of an instructor.

    I have labour’d,
    And with no little study, that my teaching,
    And the strong course of my authority,
    Might go one way. William Shakespeare.

    I am too sudden bold
    To teach; a teacher ill beseemeth me. William Shakespeare.

    The heads judge for reward, the priests teach for hire, and the prophets divine for money. Mic. iii. 11.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Teachverb

    to impart the knowledge of; to give intelligence concerning; to impart, as knowledge before unknown, or rules for practice; to inculcate as true or important; to exhibit impressively; as, to teach arithmetic, dancing, music, or the like; to teach morals

  2. Teachverb

    to direct, as an instructor; to manage, as a preceptor; to guide the studies of; to instruct; to inform; to conduct through a course of studies; as, to teach a child or a class

  3. Teachverb

    to accustom; to guide; to show; to admonish

  4. Teachverb

    to give instruction; to follow the business, or to perform the duties, of a preceptor

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Teach

    tēch, v.t. to show: to impart knowledge to: to guide the studies of: to exhibit so as to impress upon the mind: to impart the knowledge of: to accustom: to counsel.—v.i. to practise giving instruction:—pa.t. and pa.p. taught (tawt).—n. Teachabil′ity.—adj. Teach′able, capable of being taught: apt or willing to learn.—ns. Teach′ableness; Teach′er, one who teaches or instructs; Teach′ing, the act of teaching or instructing: instruction.—adj. Teach′less, indocile. [A.S. tǽcan, to show, teach; Ger. zeigen, to show; allied to L. docēre, to teach, Gr. deiknunai, to show.]

Editors Contribution

  1. teach

    To share knowledge and skills.

    She did teach the children beautifully by interacting and sharing things in a fun and modern way.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 6, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'teach' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3620

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'teach' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2388

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'teach' in Verbs Frequency: #221

Anagrams for teach »

  1. cheat

  2. tache

  3. theca

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of teach in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of teach in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of teach in a Sentence

  1. Tryon Edwards:

    To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully.

  2. Cynthia Jurilla Cordell:

    Some day, you might soar like an eagle, but for now, let me try to teach you how to flap your wings.

  3. Laetitia Zinecker:

    In school and at home I learned that the Allies especially the Americans liberated us, our history shapes who we are still today. Its important that schools continue to teach about the past so that it will not be forgotten.

  4. Maggie Nurrenbern:

    These laws would create a chilling effect on teachers who would be afraid to teach anything remotely related to banned curriculum.

  5. Heraclitus:

    Much learning does not teach understanding.

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    difficult or impossible to perceive or discern
    • A. adscripted
    • B. indiscernible
    • C. arbitrary
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