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in·struct

instruct

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn struhkt
grammatical pattern:
verb smby + inf., verb + that clause + subjunctive
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: instructs, instructing, instructed
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.[verb smby + inf. ] The sheriff instructed the officers to begin searching the woods.[verb smby + inf. ] City officials instructed that the city be evacuated.[verb + that clause + subjunctive ]
synonyms:
bid, command, direct, order, tell
similar words:
ask, charge, enjoin
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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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See
  education, learn, school
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