[ in-struhkt ]
/ ɪnˈstrʌkt /
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
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
synonym study for instruct
1. See teach.
OTHER WORDS FROM instruct
in·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
Words nearby instruct
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Example sentences from the Web for reinstruct
Those who have acquired a smattering of his subject, will be offended, if he presume to reinstruct them.Calavar|Robert Montgomery Bird
British Dictionary definitions for reinstruct
/ (ɪnˈstrʌkt) /
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
Derived forms of instructinstructible, adjective
Word Origin for instruct
C15: from Latin instruere to construct, set in order, equip, teach, from struere to build
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