American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To provide with knowledge, especially in a methodical way. See Synonyms at teach.
- v. To give orders to; direct.
- v. To serve as an instructor.
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. Synonyms To indoctrinate, school, drill, train. See
- Furnished; equipped.
- Instructed; taught.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Arranged; furnished; provided.
- adj. obsolete Instructed; taught; enlightened.
- v. obsolete To put in order; to form; to prepare.
- v. To form by communication of knowledge; to inform the mind of; to impart knowledge or information to; to enlighten; to teach; to discipline.
- v. To furnish with directions; to advise; to direct; to command.
- 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)
“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.”
“Say as mysteriously as you can that parties you are forbidden to name instruct you to treat with M. Savarin, and offer him the terms I have specified, the thirty thousand francs paid to him in advance the moment he signs the simple memorandum of agreement.”
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