Teach Definition

taught, teaches, teaching
taught, teaches, teaching
To give lessons or instruction; be a teacher, esp. in a school or college.
Webster's New World
To show or help (a person) to learn (how) to do something.
To teach a child (how) to swim.
Webster's New World
To impart knowledge or skill to.
Teaches children.
American Heritage
To give lessons to (a student, pupil, or class); guide the studies of; instruct.
Webster's New World
To provide (a person) with knowledge, insight, etc.
The accident that taught her to be careful.
Webster's New World

(slang) Nickname for a teacher.

I'm not in trouble again, am I, Teach?

Origin of Teach

  • From Middle English techen, from Old English tǣċan (“to show, declare, demonstrate; teach, instruct, train; assign, prescribe, direct; warn; persuade"), from Proto-Germanic *taikijanÄ… (“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 𐌲𐌰𐍄𐌴𐌹𐌷𐌰𐌿 (gateihan, “to announce, declare, tell"), Latin dÄ«cō (“speak, say, tell"), Ancient Greek δείκνυμι (deíknumi, “show, point out, explain, teach"). More at token.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English techen from Old English tǣcan deik- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition


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