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
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v 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
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v 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
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v give instructions or directions for some task

“She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation”
Types:
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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