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verb [transitive] instruct pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈstrʌkt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinstructing
past tenseinstructed
past participleinstructed
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  1. 1
    formal to tell someone to do something, especially officially or as their employer
    instruct someone to do something:

    He instructed his men to collect information about troop movements.

    as instructed (=in the way that you were told):

    Using the tool as instructed, I was able to clear the blockage.

  2. 2
    formal to teach someone a subject or skill
    instruct someone in something:

    All children are instructed in the use of the library.

  3. 3
    legal mainly British to arrange for a lawyer to speak for you in court

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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