A woman teaches a group of students.
An example of to teach is to explain how to properly mail a letter.
transitive verbtaught, teach′ing
- to show or help (a person) to learn (how) to do something: to teach a child (how) to swim
- to give lessons to (a student, pupil, or class); guide the studies of; instruct
- to give lessons in (a subject) to someone; help someone to develop (a skill or trait): teaches French, taught him self-discipline
- to provide (a person) with knowledge, insight, etc.: the accident that taught her to be careful
- to attempt to cause someone to understand or accept (a precept or philosophy), esp. by one's own example or preaching: her life itself teaches nonviolence
- to give instruction at or in (a place): to teach school
Origin of teachMiddle English techen from Old English tæcan from base of tacn, a sign, symbol (see token); basic sense “to show, demonstrate,” as in German zeigen
verbtaught, teach·ing, teach·es
- To impart knowledge or skill to: teaches children.
- To provide knowledge of; instruct in: teaches French.
- To condition to a certain action or frame of mind: teaching youngsters to be self-reliant.
- To cause to learn by example or experience: an accident that taught me a valuable lesson.
- To advocate or preach: teaches racial and religious tolerance.
- To carry on instruction on a regular basis in: taught high school for many years.
Origin of teachMiddle English techen from Old English tǣcan ; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present teaches, present participle teaching, simple past and past participle taught)
- (intransitive, to pass on knowledge): learn
From Middle English techen, from Old English tÇ£Ä‹an (“to show, declare, demonstrate; teach, instruct, train; assign, prescribe, direct; warn; persuade"), from Proto-Germanic *taikijanÄ… (“to show"), from Proto-Indo-European *deyÇµe-, *deyá¸±e- (“to show, point out, declare, tell"). Cognate with Scots tech, teich (“to teach"), German zeigen (“to show, point out"), Gothic ðŒ²ðŒ°ð„ðŒ´ðŒ¹ðŒ·ðŒ°ðŒ¿ (gateihan, “to announce, declare, tell"), Latin dÄ«cÅ (“speak, say, tell"), Ancient Greek Î´ÎµÎ¯ÎºÎ½Ï…Î¼Î¹ (deÃknumi, “show, point out, explain, teach"). More at token.