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instruct

[in-struhkt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to furnish with knowledge, especially by a systematic method; teach; train; educate.
  2. to furnish with orders or directions; direct; order; command: The doctor instructed me to diet.
  3. to furnish with information; inform; apprise.
  4. 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

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
Related formsin·struct·ed·ly, adverbin·struct·ed·ness, nounin·struct·i·ble, adjectivemis·in·struct, verb (used with object)o·ver·in·struct, verb (used with object)pre·in·struct, verb (used with object)qua·si-in·struct·ed, adjectivere·in·struct, verb (used with object)self-in·struct·ed, adjectiveself-in·struct·ing, adjectiveun·in·struct·i·ble, adjectiveun·in·struct·ing, adjectivewell-in·struct·ed, adjective

Synonym study

1. See teach.

Synonyms

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1. tutor, coach; drill, discipline; indoctrinate; school. 2. prescribe. 3. enlighten.
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British Dictionary definitions for re-instructed

instruct

verb (tr)
  1. to direct to do something; order
  2. to teach (someone) how to do (something)
  3. to furnish with information; apprise
  4. 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
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Derived Formsinstructible, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Latin instruere to construct, set in order, equip, teach, from struere to build
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Word Origin and History for re-instructed

instruct

v.

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.

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