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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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