- simple past tense and past participle of teach.
- to impart knowledge of or skill in; give instruction in: She teaches mathematics.
- to impart knowledge or skill to; give instruction to: He teaches a large class.
- to impart knowledge or skill; give instruction.
- Informal. teacher.
Origin of teach
Examples from the Web for taught
Boys are taught early in life to devalue care, to be hyper-competitive, super-achieving men.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
Brother Victor had taught my brother, Jeff, the previous year with far greater success.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
“What Miss Couple has taught me is how deep and meaningful a BDSM relationship can be,” he said.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.A Quorum For Change: The Fight For Global LGBT Equality
December 11, 2014
The other subject he taught at VMI was something he knew a great deal about, too: artillery.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
The girls I know are taught painstakingly how to get a husband, but nothing of how to be a wife.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Aldonza had certainly not taught him the phrases he was so fond of repeating.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
The endless struggle for life had taught the survivors many things.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Mr Clayton had taught me wisdom, which his own bad conduct could not sully or affect.
All these things Uncle Jasper had taught Andrew long and long before.Way of the Lawless
- the past tense and past participle of teach
- Edward, known as Blackbeard. died 1718, English pirate, active in the West Indies and on the Atlantic coast of North America
- (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive often foll by how) to help to learn; tell or show (how)to teach someone to paint; to teach someone how to paint
- to give instruction or lessons in (a subject) to (a person or animal)to teach French; to teach children; she teaches
- (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to cause to learn or understandexperience taught him that he could not be a journalist
- Also: teach someone a lesson informal to cause (someone) to suffer the unpleasant consequences of some action or behaviour
Word Origin and History for taught
past tense of teach, from Old English tahte (see teach).
Old English tæcan (past tense and past participle tæhte) "to show, point out," also "to give instruction," from Proto-Germanic *taikijanan (cf. Old High German zihan, German zeihen "to accuse," Gothic ga-teihan "to announce"), from PIE *deik- "to show, point out" (see diction). Related to Old English tacen, tacn "sign, mark" (see token). Related: Taught; teaching.
Old English tæcan had more usually a sense of "show, declare, warn, persuade" (cf. German zeigen "to show," from the same root); while the Old English word for "to teach, instruct, guide" was more commonly læran, source of modern learn and lore.