- The definition of instruct is to teach something or to tell someone how to do something.
- When you teach a class, this is an example of a time when you instruct the students.
- When you tell someone the proper way to eat at a table, this is an example of a time when you instruct him in table manners.
A teacher instructs her class.
- to communicate knowledge to; teach; educate
- to give facts or information to on a particular matter; inform or guide: the judge instructs the jury
- to order or direct: to instruct a sentry to shoot
Origin of instructMiddle English instructen ; from Classical Latin instructus, past participle of instruere, to pile upon, put in order, erect ; from in-, in, upon + struere, to pile up, arrange, build: see strew
verbin·struct·ed, in·struct·ing, in·structs
- To give orders to; direct: instructed the children to hang up their coats.
- To provide with knowledge; to train or inform: instructed the students in algebra. See Synonyms at teach.
Origin of instructMiddle English instructen, from Latin īnstruere, īnstrūct-, to prepare, instruct : in-, on; see in–2 + struere, to build; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present instructs, present participle instructing, simple past and past participle instructed)
- (obsolete) Instruction.
- (obsolete) Arranged; furnished; provided.
- (obsolete) Instructed; taught; enlightened.