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Meaning of INSTRUCT

Pronunciation:  in'strukt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give instructions or directions for some task; "She instructed the students to work on their pronounciation"
  2. [v]  impart skills or knowledge to; "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat"
  3. [v]  make aware of; "Have the students been apprised of the tuition hike?"

INSTRUCT is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: apprise, apprize, learn, teach
 See Also: brief, catechise, catechize, charge, coach, condition, develop, direct, drill, edify, educate, enjoin, enlighten, ground, indoctrinate, inform, larn, lecture, mentor, order, prepare, reinforce, reward, say, spoonfeed, talk, tell, train, tutor, unteach



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In*struct"\, a. [L. instructus, p. p. of instruere to
    furnish, provide, construct, instruct; pref. in- in, on +
    struere. See {Structure}.]
    1. Arranged; furnished; provided. [Obs.] ``He had neither
       ship instruct with oars, nor men.'' --Chapman.
    2. Instructed; taught; enlightened. [Obs.] --Milton.
  2. \In*struct"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instructed}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Instructing}.]
    1. To put in order; to form; to prepare. [Obs.]
             They speak to the merits of a cause, after the
             proctor has prepared and instructed the same for a
             hearing.                              --Ayliffe.
    2. To form by communication of knowledge; to inform the mind
       of; to impart knowledge or information to; to enlighten;
       to teach; to discipline.
             Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Fit to
             instruct her youth.                   --Shak.
    3. To furnish with directions; to advise; to direct; to
       command; as, the judge instructs the jury.
             She, being before instructed of her mother, said,
             Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.
                                                   --Matt. xiv.
             Take her in; instruct her what she has to do.
    Syn: To teach; educate; inform; train; discipline;
         indoctrinate; direct; enjoin.
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