- 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.
- to impart knowledge or skill; give instruction.
- Informal. teacher.
Origin of teach
- EdwardBlackbeard, died 1718, English pirate and privateer in the Americas.
Related Words for teachcoach, develop, prepare, show, explain, direct, tutor, instruct, train, demonstrate, lecture, advise, edify, ground, inculcate, illustrate, discipline, fit, inform, brief
Examples from the Web for teach
Contemporary Examples of teach
I asked her how her trainers, born and raised in Iran, have learned how to teach hip-hop.
But when their students asked them how they could teach civics if they could not vote, they took to the streets.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
Many dance instructors register their classes at gyms and teach women or men (separately) under the name of aerobics.
But we were attempting a deliberate naiveté, a decision to approach these books as if they might have something to teach us.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
December 28, 2014
The mission is to teach any person to use technology for independence and empowerment no matter where they are located.3-D Printing Is Changing the Future of Prosthetics
December 10, 2014
Historical Examples of teach
But I love children, you know, and I like to teach interesting studies.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I'll teach a set of lawyers to come playing the Jew to my young men.
No President, no government, can teach us to remember what is best in what we are.
Coax him to let you teach him—and bear with him if he should sing out of tune.
It was on the major's lips to say 'He has sent you to teach it to me, Mark!'
- (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
Word Origin for teach
- Edward, known as Blackbeard. died 1718, English pirate, active in the West Indies and on the Atlantic coast of North America
Old English tæcan (past tense and past participle tæhte) "to show, point out," also "to give instruction," from Proto-Germanic *taikijanan (cf. Old High German zihan, German zeihen "to accuse," Gothic ga-teihan "to announce"), from PIE *deik- "to show, point out" (see diction). Related to Old English tacen, tacn "sign, mark" (see token). Related: Taught; teaching.
Old English tæcan had more usually a sense of "show, declare, warn, persuade" (cf. German zeigen "to show," from the same root); while the Old English word for "to teach, instruct, guide" was more commonly læran, source of modern learn and lore.