Definitions of instruct

  1. give instructions or directions for some task; " She instructed the students to work on their pronounciation"
  2. impart skills or knowledge to; " I taught them French"; " He instructed me in building a boat"
  3. Arranged; furnished; provided.
  4. Instructed; taught; enlightened.
  5. To put in order; to form; to prepare.
  6. To form by communication of knowledge; to inform the mind of; to impart knowledge or information to; to enlighten; to teach; to discipline.
  7. To furnish with directions; to advise; to direct; to command; as, the judge instructs the jury.
  8. To teach; educate; furnish with orders or directions.
  9. To prepare: to inform: to teach: to order or command.
  11. Instruction.
  12. Instructive.
  13. To teach.
  14. To impart knowledge to; educate.
  15. To give orders or directions to.
  16. To impart knowledge to one who is destitute of it; to teach; to direct; to furnish with orders or instructions; to inform.
  17. To impart knowledge to; to teach; to give directions to; to advise or give notice to.

Usage examples for instruct

  1. " I have given sufficient reasons," replied my mother, " to engage your compliance with your father's desire, and these will influence you, if prudence and wisdom are the motives of your choice; and if you want prudence, it is fit that those who are able to instruct you should also guide and direct your actions." – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various
  2. Ride with me back to the camp, that I may give thee my message, and instruct also the monk. – Harold, Complete The Last Of The Saxon Kings by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  3. Like a wise young man, he bethought himself of a possible trap, and the quest of the stick gave him the opportunity to instruct Turk to follow him and the duke and to be where he was needed in case of an emergency. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  4. They might instruct their " honorable treasurer" to expend the funds on decorations and a brass band, as was sometimes done at the close of examinations to celebrate their Sophomorehood; and what would he do then! – The Adventures of a Freshman by Jesse Lynch Williams
  5. Here, as elsewhere, much- almost everything- depends upon the teacher's interest and ability to lead as well as to instruct. – Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study by Ontario Ministry of Education
  6. Besides, not having any books here, I have only been able to teach my child by talking to him, and in all my conversations with him I have never taken much pains to instruct him in the manners of my own country; thinking, that if ever he went over, he would learn them soon enough; and if he never did go over, that it would be as well he knew nothing about them. – Nature and Art by Mrs. Inchbald
  7. At this writing Professor Jackson is in Persia engaged upon investigations of direct interest to the Parsees, who have the highest regard and affection for him, and perfect confidence in the accuracy of his treatment of their theology in which they permit him to instruct them. – Modern India by William Eleroy Curtis
  8. What is its purpose,- to instruct, please, persuade? – Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism by F. V. N. Painter
  9. This work was not written to offend, but to amuse and instruct little people. – Siege of Washington, D.C. by F. Colburn Adams
  10. Sir Robert Aylward, said Barbara in that clear, carrying voice of hers, will you, as an expert, instruct a very ignorant person? – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  11. They now resolved to have morning and evening family prayers, and to instruct the children, who amounted to nineteen, many of them between the ages of seven and nine years. – The Eventful History Of The Mutiny And Piratical Seizure Of H.M.S. Bounty: Its Cause And Consequences by Sir John Barrow
  12. You are prepared to instruct me? – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  13. 189. " And to instruct their pupils in the most thorough and best manner." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  14. About the year 1700, Hudde, an opulent burgomaster of Middleburgh, animated solely by literary curiosity, went to China to instruct himself in the language, and in whatever was remarkable in this singular people. – Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3) by Isaac D'Israeli
  15. At least, so thought Mr. Gillat, who no amount of experience could instruct in the guilt of the human race in general and the Polkingtons in particular. – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad