Definition of "instruct" []

  • 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)
  • To direct to do something; order (verb)

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.

  • To teach (someone) how to do (something) (verb)
  • To furnish with information; apprise (verb)
  • (esp of a client to his solicitor or a solicitor to a barrister) to give relevant facts or information to (verb)
  • To authorize (a barrister or solicitor) to conduct a case on a person's behalf (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

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."