teach

[ teech ]
/ titʃ /

verb (used with object), taught, teach·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), taught, teach·ing.

to impart knowledge or skill; give instruction.

noun

Informal. teacher.

Origin of teach

before 900; Middle English techen, Old English tǣcan; akin to token

Related forms

o·ver·teach, verb, o·ver·taught, o·ver·teach·ing.pre·teach, verb, pre·taught, pre·teach·ing.re·teach, verb, re·taught, re·teach·ing.un·der·teach, verb, un·der·taught, un·der·teach·ing.

Can be confused

learn teach

Synonym study

Teach, instruct, tutor, train, educate share the meaning of imparting information, understanding, or skill. Teach is the broadest and most general of these terms and can refer to almost any practice that causes others to develop skill or knowledge: to teach children to write; to teach marksmanship to soldiers; to teach tricks to a dog. Instruct almost always implies a systematic, structured method of teaching: to instruct paramedics in techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Tutor refers to the giving of usually private instruction or coaching in a particular subject or skill: to tutor a child in ( a foreign language, algebra, history, or the like ). Train lays stress on the development of desired behaviors through practice, discipline, or the use of rewards or punishments: to train a child to be polite; to train recruits in military skills; to train a dog to heel. Educate, with a root sense of “to lead forth from,” refers to the imparting of a specific body of knowledge, especially one that equips a person to practice a profession: to educate a person for a high-school diploma; to educate someone for the law.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-teaching (1 of 2)

Teach

/ (tiːtʃ) /

noun

Edward, known as Blackbeard. died 1718, English pirate, active in the West Indies and on the Atlantic coast of North America

British Dictionary definitions for pre-teaching (2 of 2)

teach

/ (tiːtʃ) /

verb teaches, teaching or taught

(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

Derived Forms

teachable, adjective

Word Origin for teach

Old English tǣcan; related to tācen token, Old Frisian tēken, Old Saxon tēkan, Old High German zeihhan, Old Norse teikn sign
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