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[ in-struhk-shuhn ]


  1. the act or practice of instructing or teaching; education.

    Synonyms: indoctrination, schooling, exercise, drill, training

  2. knowledge or information imparted.
  3. an item of such knowledge or information.
  4. Usually instructions. orders or directions:

    The instructions are on the back of the box.

  5. the act of furnishing with authoritative directions.

    Synonyms: mandate, command

  6. Computers. a command given to a computer to carry out a particular operation.


/ ɪnˈstrʌkʃən /


  1. a direction; order
  2. the process or act of imparting knowledge; teaching; education
  3. computing a part of a program consisting of a coded command to the computer to perform a specified function


/ ĭn-strŭkshən /

  1. A sequence of bits that tells a computer's central processing unit to perform a particular operation. An instruction can also contain data to be used in the operation.

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Derived Forms

  • inˈstructional, adjective

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Other Words From

  • in·struction·al adjective
  • misin·struction noun
  • nonin·struction·al adjective
  • nonin·struction·al·ly adverb
  • over·in·struction noun
  • prein·struction noun
  • rein·struction noun
  • self-in·struction noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of instruction1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English instruccio(u)n, from Latin instructiōn-, stem of instructiō; equivalent to instruct + -ion

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Example Sentences

Algorithms—sets of instructions to solve a problem or complete a task—now drive everything from browser search results to better medical care.

Publishers can test how the Heavy Ads Intervention will affect their pages in versions of Chrome 84 and upward by following the instructions on this page.

From Digiday

The district’s board of trustees supports the effort and the district’s curriculum and instruction division is developing a plan to implement it, said Manny Rubio, a spokesman for the district.

San Diego Unified officials have said that students will receive up to three hours per day of live online instruction.

Before Newsom’s announcement, district officials were preparing to offer full online learning, a hybrid learning model and full in class instruction if necessary, Koeppen said.

Fridays there is ethics and law of war training and instruction.

The language school did not focus on providing instruction but instead was a visa mill.

I was only a little freaked out by the morning's instruction.

There was also the question of inadequate protective gear and insufficient instruction.

If their students need lots of remedial instruction, the school can extend the school day, the school week, or the school year.

But you will find most colleges and most college societies bar religious instruction and discussion.

At the latter date all artists were obliged to vacate the Sorbonne ateliers to make room for some new department of instruction.

A second main division of our schooling was mathematical instruction of a sort.

His pupils paid each a talent a year for instruction; and Melanthius, and even Apelles himself, for a time, were among the number.

Put your neck under her yoke, and let your life receive instruction: she is near at hand to find.


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