Hypertext Webster Gateway: "Instruct"

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.] ``He had neither
ship instruct with oars, nor men.'' --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.

Take her in; instruct her what she has to do.

Syn: To teach; educate; inform; train; discipline;
indoctrinate; direct; enjoin.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

v 1: impart skills or knowledge to; "I taught them French"; "He
instructed me in building a boat" [syn: {teach}, {learn}]
2: give instructions or directions for some task; "She
instructed the students to work on their pronounciation"
3: make aware of; "Have the students been apprised of the
tuition hike?" [syn: {apprise}, {apprize}]

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