- 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.
Origin of instruct
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin instructus past participle of instruere to equip, train, set in order, equivalent to in- in-2 + struc- (variant stem of struere to put together) + -tus past participle suffix
1. See teach.
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- to direct to do something; order
- to teach (someone) how to do (something)
- to furnish with information; apprise
- law, mainly British
- (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
C15: from Latin instruere to construct, set in order, equip, teach, from struere to build
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