- The definition of instruction is the act of educating, giving the steps that must be followed or an order.
An example of instruction is someone giving another person detailed directions to the library.
A boy receives instruction from his teacher.
- the act of instructing; education
- knowledge, information, etc. given or taught
- any teaching, lesson, rule, or precept
- a command or order
- any of the sequence of steps to be followed, as in doing, using, or operating something: usually used in pl.
- a sequence of bits specifying an operation to be performed by a computer
Origin of instructionMiddle English instruccioun ; from Old French instruccion ; from Classical Latin instructio
- The act, practice, or profession of instructing: math instruction.
- a. Imparted knowledge: We sought further instruction in a more advanced class.b. An imparted or acquired item of knowledge: The judge gave the jury an instruction in how the law defines an accomplice.
- a. often instructions An authoritative direction to be obeyed; an order: had instructions to be home by midnight.b. instructions Detailed directions about how to do something: read the instructions for assembly.
- Computers A sequence of bits that tells a central processing unit to perform a particular operation and can contain data to be used in the operation.
(countable and uncountable, plural instructions)
- (uncountable) The act of instructing, teaching, or furnishing with information or knowledge.
- Students receive instruction in the arts and sciences.
- Instruction will be provided on how to handle difficult customers.
- (countable) An instance of the information or knowledge so furnished.
- (countable) An order or command.
- (computing) A single operation of a processor defined by an instruction set architecture.