instruct

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin īnstrūctus, perfect passive participle of īnstruō.

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Verb[edit]

instruct (third-person singular simple present instructs, present participle instructing, simple past and past participle instructed)

  1. (transitive) to teach by giving instructions
    Listen carefully when someone instructs you how to assemble the furniture.
  2. (transitive) to direct; to order (usage note: "instruct" is less forceful than "order", but weightier than "advise")
    The doctor instructed me to keep my arm immobilised and begin physiotherapy.

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Noun[edit]

instruct (plural instructs)

  1. (obsolete) instruction

Adjective[edit]

instruct (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) arranged; furnished; provided
    • Chapman
      He had neither ship instruct with oars, nor men.
  2. (obsolete) instructed; taught; enlightened
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)