Definition Instruct

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to instruct (somebody) to do (something): to order, to tell, to give instructions to (somebody) to do (something)
My driving teacher instructed me to turn left, so I did.

to instruct (somebody) on doing (something): to show, to teach, to give instructions to (somebody) on doing (something)
Bob instructed me on how to use my computer.


  • "Icarus : Err, I think you should speak with Mr. Delavigne, because he has instructed me -"
  • "But I'm retired now, and I travel around and instruct people on enjoying life."
  • "You are still recycling your plastics, like I instructed?"
  • "I have been instructed by Princess Utopia to escort you to your master."
  • "Please contact me immediately so that I can instruct you on how to transfer these funds to your personal bank account."
  • "Brent : Well Moira, I suppose that there's no easy answer here, and that the debate will continue until scientists can prove whether eggs are bad for us and then instruct us not to eat them. Just out of curiosity Moira, how many eggs do you eat per week?"

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