- To teach is to share knowledge of a subject with a student or students.
An example of to teach is to explain how to properly mail a letter.
A woman teaches a group of students.
transitive verbtaught, teaching
- 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 taught , 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 t&aemac;can; 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 tǣċan (“to show, declare, demonstrate; teach, instruct, train; assign, prescribe, direct; warn; persuade”), from Proto-Germanic *taikijaną (“to show”), from Proto-Indo-European *deyǵe-, *deyḱe- (“to show, point out, declare, tell”). Cognate with Scots tech, teich (“to teach”), German zeigen (“to show, point out”), Gothic (gateihan, “to announce, declare, tell”), Latin dīcō (“speak, say, tell”), Ancient Greek δείκνυμι (deíknumi, “show, point out, explain, teach”). More at token.