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English Dictionary: instruct by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
instruct
v
  1. impart skills or knowledge to; "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat"
    Synonym(s): teach, learn, instruct
  2. give instructions or directions for some task; "She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation"
  3. make aware of; "Have the students been apprised of the tuition hike?"
    Synonym(s): instruct, apprise, apprize
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Instruct \In*struct"\, a. [L. instructus, p. p. of instruere to
      furnish, provide, construct, instruct; pref. in- in, on +
      struere. See {Structure}.]
      1. Arranged; furnished; provided. [Obs.] [bd]He had neither
            ship instruct with oars, nor men.[b8] --Chapman.
  
      2. Instructed; taught; enlightened. [Obs.] --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Instruct \In*struct"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instructed}; p. pr.
      & vb. n. {Instructing}.]
      1. To put in order; to form; to prepare. [Obs.]
  
                     They speak to the merits of a cause, after the
                     proctor has prepared and instructed the same for a
                     hearing.                                             --Ayliffe.
  
      2. To form by communication of knowledge; to inform the mind
            of; to impart knowledge or information to; to enlighten;
            to teach; to discipline.
  
                     Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Fit to
                     instruct her youth.                           --Shak.
  
      3. To furnish with directions; to advise; to direct; to
            command; as, the judge instructs the jury.
  
                     She, being before instructed of her mother, said,
                     Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.
                                                                              --Matt. xiv.
                                                                              8.
  
                     Take her in; instruct her what she has to do.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
      Syn: To teach; educate; inform; train; discipline;
               indoctrinate; direct; enjoin.
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