To teach is to share knowledge of a subject with a student or students.verb
An example of to teach is to explain how to properly mail a letter.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME techen < OE tæcan < base of tacn, a sign, symbol (see token); basic sense “to show, demonstrate,” as in Ger zeigen
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verb taught taught , teach·ing, teach·es verb, transitive
- 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: Middle English techen, from Old English tǣcan; see deik- in Indo-European roots.
also Thatch , Edward Known as Black·beard Died 1718.