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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: teaches, teaching, taught
definition 1: to instruct by imparting knowledge or advice to.
He taught his class how to multiply fractions.[verb + smby + WH/whether + infinitive ] Her mother taught her to shake hands with people when being introduced.[verb + smby/smth + infinitive ]
educate, instruct, school, tutor
similar words:
catechize, coach, impart, inform, initiate, lesson, nurture, train
definition 2: to offer instruction in.
She teaches philosophy at the university.He taught us French last year.[verb + object + object ]
similar words:
educate, lesson, profess
definition 3: to assert in order to influence.
The church teaches that adultery is a sin.[verb + (that) + clause ] The communists taught that capitalism was a corrupt economic system.[verb + (that) + clause ]
similar words:
assert, counsel, impart, preach
definition 4: to tell in order to advise or instruct.
My parents taught me that hard work will always be rewarded.[verb + smby + (that) + clause ] Our linguistics professor taught us that languages like English, Russian, Greek, and even Bengali stem from a common source.[verb + smby + (that) + clause ] Her governess taught her how she should curtsy.
similar words:
advise, counsel, inform, tell
definition 5: to cause to learn (something) through experience.
Life will teach you hard lessons.[verb + object + object ]
similar words:
educate, enlighten, nurture, season
definition 6: to cause (someone) to regret a particular action.
He got kicked out of college?! That'll teach him to cheat off other people's papers![verb + smby/smth + infinitive ]
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to provide instruction, esp. professionally.
I've been teaching for over ten years now.He teaches at the local high school.
similar words:
coach, educate
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