December 26, 2012
instruct (verb)
\in-STRUKT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to give knowledge to : teach2 : to give information to : inform3 : to give directions or commands to
How do you use it?
"Claudia had instructed Jamie to pull his feet up and crouch his head down so that Herbert, the driver, couldn't see him." (E. L. Konigsburg, _From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler_)
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Let's see how well you can follow instructions. Tell us which word is a synonym of "instruct."

"Instruct," "direct," "command," and "order" and all mean to tell someone what to do. "Direct" and "instruct" suggest the expectation of obedience, as in "she directed her assistant to hold all calls," and "the judge instructed the jury to ignore the remark." "Command" and "order"" imply authority and usually some degree of formality and impersonality, as in "the captain commanded his troops to move out" and "my brother always orders me around."
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