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Definition of "instruct" [in•struct]

  • To provide with knowledge, especially in a methodical way. See Synonyms at teach. (verb-transitive)
  • To give orders to; direct. (verb-transitive)
  • To serve as an instructor. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "instruct" in a sentence
  • "In the year of this mémoire, the master dyers of Lyon petitioned to have Gonin instruct them, as he had taught the dyers of Rouen some years earlier."
  • "So, this book does not really set out to instruct, which is a great disappointment."
  • "The motive to the moral is not love, but knowledge; to instruct is to make better; the philosopher is also the virtuous man, and only the philosopher can practice true virtue; the ignorant man is also immoral."