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  1. in·struct
  2. verb

    • 1. direct or command someone to do something, especially as an official order:

      she instructed him to wait “Look at me,” he instructed I instructed that she be given hot, sweet tea
      Synonym : order, command, direct, tell, enjoin, give the order to, give orders to, give the command to, require, call on, mandate, charge, dictate, bid
    • 2. teach (someone) a subject or skill:

      he instructed them in the use of firearms instructing electors how to record their votes
      Synonym : teach, school, give lessons to, coach, train, ground, enlighten, illuminate, inform, verse, edify, educate, upskill, tutor, guide, prepare, prime, din something into, drill, discipline, put someone through their paces
    • 3. inform (someone) of a fact or situation:

      the bank was instructed that the money from the savings account was now held by the company
      Synonym : inform, tell, let someone know, notify, apprise, advise, announce to, impart to, relate to, communicate to, acquaint, familiarize, brief, prime, ground, enlighten, make conversant, make knowledgeable, send word to, put in the picture, fill in, clue in/up, put wise
    • 4. give a person direction, information, or authorization.

      Synonym : employ, authorize to act for one, brief, give information to
    • 5. (of a judge) give information, especially clarification of legal principles, to (a jury).

  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: instruct, 3rd person present: instructs, gerund or present participle: instructing, past tense: instructed, past participle: instructed

    • verb

      tell or order someone to do something, especially in a formal or official way:

      teach (someone) a subject or skill:

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