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instruct

in·struct

instruct

 
pronunciation:
ihn struhkt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: instructed, instructing, instructs
definition 1: to teach; educate; inform.
The coach instructed us in the rules of the sport.The supervisor instructed them in the operation of the new machine.Could you instruct me as to how to fill out this form?
synonyms:
educate, inform, school, teach
similar words:
advise, apprise, brief, coach, drill, edify, enlighten, familiarize, indoctrinate, initiate, lesson, train, tutor
definition 2: to order or direct; command.
The troops were instructed to cease fire.The police instructed the people to stay in their homes.
synonyms:
bid, command, direct, order, tell
similar words:
ask, charge, enjoin
Word History
Instruct is from a Latin word that means "to equip or furnish with information."
Word Builder: instruct +
  • instructor:
    a person who instructs.
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  education, learn, school
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The word instruct contains the following part: