Definition of Instruct

1. Verb. Impart skills or knowledge to. "The parents instruct the children a French poem "; "He instructed me in building a boat"

2. Verb. Give instructions or directions for some task. "She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation"
Generic synonyms: Enjoin, Order, Say, Tell
Specialized synonyms: Charge, Charge

3. Verb. Make aware of. "Have the students been apprised of the tuition hike?"
Exact synonyms: Apprise, Apprize
Specialized synonyms: Direct, Brief
Generic synonyms: Inform

Definition of Instruct

1. a. Arranged; furnished; provided.

2. v. t. To put in order; to form; to prepare.

Definition of Instruct

1. Verb. (transitive) To teach or direct; to give instructions. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) Instruction. ¹

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Definition of Instruct

1. to supply with knowledge [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Instruct

instrascene dynamic range
instream cover
instream flow incremental methodology
instruct (current term)
instruction book
instruction execution
instruction manual
instruction set
instruction sets
instructional design

Literary usage of Instruct

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England by Gilbert Burnet, Edward Nares (1843)
"... те ahall instruct them, ... and in Item, That every Curat instruct his Paro- and nevertheless by ..."

2. The life and adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1883)
"I am at great pains to instruct Friday respecting my abhorrence of the cannibal practices of the savages—He is amazed at the effects of the gun, ..."

3. The Complete Works of Gustave Flaubert: Embracing Romances, Travels by Gustave Flaubert, Ferdinand Brunetière (1904)
"... to go and instruct the populace." Frederick followed him to his correspondence- office in the Place de la Bourse; and he began to compose for the Troyes ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1909)
"... judge to properly instruct the jury upon this point, so as not to exclude an Inference which the jury might have preferred, a new trial must be granted. ..."

5. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"The court ref used to instruct as requested as to either of the above points, and the defendants excepted to each refusal. The court then charged the jury ..."

6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1887)
"reason can.iot instruct, custom may be permitted to guide ; aud even nation seems to consult the dictates of prudence, by a faithful attachment to those ..."

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