instruct

  • 1 instruct — in·struct vt: to provide (a jury) with explanation and directions regarding the law applicable to a case the judge instruct ed the jury that the plaintiff bears the burden of proof the jury was instruct ed to ignore the attorney s comments vi: to …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 instruct — in‧struct [ɪnˈstrʌkt] verb [transitive] 1. to order someone to do something: instruct somebody to do something • The government has instructed banks to limit real estate lending growth to 2% this year. 2. LAW to employ a lawyer to deal with a… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 3 Instruct — In*struct , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instructed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Instructing}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To put in order; to form; to prepare. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] They speak to the merits of a cause, after the proctor has prepared and instructed the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Instruct — In*struct , a. [L. instructus, p. p. of instruere to furnish, provide, construct, instruct; pref. in in, on + struere. See {Structure}.] 1. Arranged; furnished; provided. [Obs.] He had neither ship instruct with oars, nor men. Chapman. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 instruct — [v1] inform, teach acquaint, advise, apprise, brainwash*, break in, break it to, brief, clue in, coach, counsel, discipline, disclose, drill, drum into*, educate, engineer, enlighten, give lessons, ground, guide, keep posted*, lead, lecture,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 instruct — [in strukt′] vt. [ME instructen < L instructus, pp. of instruere, to pile upon, put in order, erect < in , in, upon + struere, to pile up, arrange, build: see STREW] 1. to communicate knowledge to; teach; educate 2. to give facts or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 instruct — (v.) early 15c., from L. instructus, pp. of instruere arrange, inform, teach, lit. to build, erect, from in on (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + struere to pile, build (see STRUCTURE (Cf. structure)). Related: Instructed; instructing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 instruct — 1 *teach, train, educate, discipline, school Analogous words: impart, *communicate: *inform, acquaint, apprise: lead, *guide, steer, pilot, engineer: *practice, drill, exercise 2 direct, enjoin, bid, * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 9 instruct — ► VERB 1) direct or command. 2) teach. 3) inform of a fact or situation. 4) chiefly Brit. authorize (a solicitor or barrister) to act on one s behalf. ORIGIN Latin instruere construct, equip, teach …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 instruct — in|struct [ınˈstrʌkt] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of instruere, from struere to build ] 1.) to officially tell someone what to do →↑order instruct sb to do sth ▪ His secretary was instructed to cancel all his… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 instruct — v. 1) (D; tr.) ( to teach ) to instruct in (to instruct soldiers in field hygiene) 2) (H) ( to order ) she instructed us to begin work at once 3) (L; must have an object) ( to inform ) we have been instructed that the matter has been settled by… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 12 instruct — verb (T) 1 to officially tell someone what to do: instruct sb to do sth: Our staff have been instructed to offer you every assistance. | as instructed (=in the way that you have been instructed): We returned the questionnaire as instructed. 2 to… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 instruct */*/ — UK [ɪnˈstrʌkt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms instruct : present tense I/you/we/they instruct he/she/it instructs present participle instructing past tense instructed past participle instructed 1) formal to tell someone to do something,… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 instruct — [15] The struct of instruct occurs also in construction, destruction, structure, etc. It comes from the past participle of Latin struere ‘build’. In the case of instruct, combination with the prefix in produced instruere ‘build, prepare, equip,… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 15 instruct — [15] The struct of instruct occurs also in construction, destruction, structure, etc. It comes from the past participle of Latin struere ‘build’. In the case of instruct, combination with the prefix in produced instruere ‘build, prepare, equip,… …

    Word origins

  • 16 instruct — in|struct [ ın strʌkt ] verb transitive ** 1. ) FORMAL to tell someone to do something, especially officially or as their employer: instruct someone to do something: He instructed his men to collect information about troop movements. as… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 instruct — [[t]ɪnstrʌ̱kt[/t]] instructs, instructing, instructed 1) VERB If you instruct someone to do something, you formally tell them to do it. [FORMAL] [V n to inf] The family has instructed solicitors to sue Thomson for compensation... [V with quote]… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 instruct — verb ADVERB ▪ carefully ▪ explicitly, specifically ▪ You were explicitly instructed to wait here. PHRASES ▪ as instructed …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 19 instruct — 01. The students were [instructed] to open their books. 02. The boss [instructed] him to send the report out as soon as it was completed. 03. Anne got an [instructional] yoga video at the library. 04. The girl was [instructed] to pull over, and… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 20 instruct — verb 1》 direct or command. 2》 teach (someone). 3》 Brit. authorize (a solicitor or barrister) to act on one s behalf.     ↘(of a solicitor) inform (a barrister) about a case. 4》 give information to. Origin ME: from L. instruct , instruere… …

    English new terms dictionary


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