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instruct

[ in-struhkt ]
/ ɪnˈstrʌkt /
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verb (used with object)

to furnish with knowledge, especially by a systematic method; teach; train; educate.
to furnish with orders or directions; direct; order; command: The doctor instructed me to diet.
to furnish with information; inform; apprise.
Law. (of a judge) to guide (a jury) by outlining the legal principles involved in the case under consideration.

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Origin of instruct

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English, from Latin instructus, past participle of instruere “to equip, train, set in order,” equivalent to in- “in” + struc- (variant stem of struere “to put together”) + -tus past participle suffix; see in-2

synonym study for instruct

1. See teach.

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British Dictionary definitions for instruct

instruct
/ (ɪnˈstrʌkt) /

verb (tr)

to direct to do something; order
to teach (someone) how to do (something)
to furnish with information; apprise
law, mainly British
  1. (esp of a client to his solicitor or a solicitor to a barrister) to give relevant facts or information to
  2. to authorize (a barrister or solicitor) to conduct a case on a person's behalfto instruct counsel

Derived forms of instruct

instructible, adjective

Word Origin for instruct

C15: from Latin instruere to construct, set in order, equip, teach, from struere to build
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