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English verb: instruct

1. instruct (communication) impart skills or knowledge to


SamplesI taught them French.
He instructed me in building a boat.


Synonymslearn, teach


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)inform


Narrower (hyponym)catechise, catechize, coach, condition, develop, drill, edify, educate, enlighten, ground, indoctrinate, induct, lecture, mentor, prepare, reinforce, reward, spoonfeed, talk, train, train, tutor, unteach, unteach


Causeacquire, larn, learn

2. instruct (communication) give instructions or directions for some task


SamplesShe instructed the students to work on their pronunciation.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)enjoin, order, say, tell


Narrower (hyponym)charge, charge

3. instruct (communication) make aware of


SamplesHave the students been apprised of the tuition hike?.


Synonymsapprise, apprize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)inform


Narrower (hyponym)brief, direct









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