from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To provide with knowledge, especially in a methodical way. See Synonyms at teach.
- transitive v. To give orders to; direct.
- intransitive v. To serve as an instructor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To teach or direct; to give instructions.
- n. Instruction.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Arranged; furnished; provided.
- adj. Instructed; taught; enlightened.
- transitive v. To put in order; to form; to prepare.
- transitive v. To form by communication of knowledge; to inform the mind of; to impart knowledge or information to; to enlighten; to teach; to discipline.
- transitive v. To furnish with directions; to advise; to direct; to command.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To put in order; form; prepare; guide.
- To impart knowledge or information to; inform; teach; specifically, to train in knowledge or skill; teach or educate methodically.
- To direct or command; furnish with orders or directions: as, to instruct an envoy or a body of delegates.
- To notify; apprise.
- In Scots law, to adduce evidence in support of; confirm; vouch; verify: as, to instruct a claim against a bankrupt estate.
- Furnished; equipped.
- Instructed; taught.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. impart skills or knowledge to
- v. make aware of
- v. give instructions or directions for some task
Middle English instructen, from Latin īnstruere, īnstrūct-, to prepare, instruct : in-, on; see in-2 + struere, to build; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)