instruct

This website is designed to instruct visitors about the meaning of words and their correct usage. To instruct is to give instructions, to teach.

Teachers are often called instructors because their job is to instruct, to give knowledge or instructions. The subtle difference between "teach" and instruct is that you can teach almost anything: concepts, ideas, theories or, say, history. When you instruct someone, you're giving them a set of tools or tasks to do something specific. That's why furniture, toys, and model rocket kits come with instructions: they instruct you how to assemble them.

Definitions of instruct
  1. verb
    impart skills or knowledge to
    “He instructed me in building a boat”
    synonyms: learn, teach
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    develop, educate, prepare, train
    create by training and teaching
    indoctrinate
    teach doctrines to; teach uncritically
    drill
    teach by repetition
    catechise, catechize
    give religious instructions to
    reinforce, reward
    strengthen and support with rewards
    spoonfeed
    teach without challenging the students
    induct
    introduce or initiate
    mentor
    serve as a teacher or trusted counselor
    tutor
    be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction
    unteach
    cause to disbelieve; teach someone the contrary of what he or she had learned earlier
    unteach
    cause to unlearn
    ground
    instruct someone in the fundamentals of a subject
    lecture, talk
    deliver a lecture or talk
    coach, train
    teach and supervise (someone); act as a trainer or coach (to), as in sports
    edify, enlighten
    make understand
    condition
    establish a conditioned response
    retrain
    teach new skills
    drill
    train in the military, e.g., in the use of weapons
    house-train, housebreak
    train (a pet) to live cleanly in a house
    toilet-train
    train (a small child) to use the toilet
    inspire, revolutionise, revolutionize
    fill with revolutionary ideas
    brainwash
    submit to brainwashing; indoctrinate forcibly
    beat in, drill in, hammer in, ram down
    teach by drills and repetition
    inculcate, infuse, instill
    teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
    preach, prophesy
    deliver a sermon
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    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  2. verb
    make aware of
    synonyms: apprise, apprize
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    direct
    give directions to; point somebody into a certain direction
    brief
    give essential information to someone
    talk down
    direct and control (the flight of an airplane during landing) via radio
    point the way
    indicate the right path or direction
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    inform
    impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to
  3. verb
    give instructions or directions for some task
    “She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation”
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    charge
    instruct or command with authority
    charge
    instruct (a jury) about the law, its application, and the weighing of evidence
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    enjoin, order, say, tell
    give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
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