verb (used with object)
Origin of instruct
Examples from the Web for instruct
I had my 14-year-old daughter, Poppet, instruct me in how to watch an episode of Girls on my computer.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham|P. J. O’Rourke|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“The Commission did not instruct Mr. Wright to approve inaccurate wellbore completion reports,” according to the letter.Two Texas Regulators Tried to Enforce the Rules. They Were Fired.|David Hasemyer, InsideClimate News|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sanford informs that he plans to get a lawyer, whom he will “instruct… not to fight back.”
In El Reno, when you order a hamburger, an onion-fried burger is assumed, unless you instruct the cook to leave the onions out.
Of course, every society needs a clerical class, to instruct the young and maintain cultural standards.Watch What You Say, The New Liberal Power Elite Won’t Tolerate Dissent|Joel Kotkin|June 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The agreeable resources of Paris must certainly please and instruct every class of characters.
It is not enough to clothe and feed the body of this Nation, and instruct and inform its mind.
If you want to instruct saints, you must bring them back to the truth you have received, what God gave at the beginning.Elijah the Tishbite|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
Instruct them to pick up the most trivial items of information concerning him.Christopher Quarles|Percy James Brebner
"And now I am going to instruct you in the art of making tea," he said proudly.Happy Pollyooly|Edgar Jepson
British Dictionary definitions for instruct
- (esp of a client to his solicitor or a solicitor to a barrister) to give relevant facts or information to
- to authorize (a barrister or solicitor) to conduct a case on a person's behalfto instruct counsel
Word Origin for instruct
Word Origin and History for instruct
early 15c., from Latin instructus, past participle of instruere "arrange, inform, teach," literally "to build, erect," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + struere "to pile, build" (see structure (n.)). Related: Instructed; instructing.