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noun instruction pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈstrʌkʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [countable] [usually plural] a statement or explanation of something that must be done, often given by someone in authority

    A detailed list of instructions was issued on what to do in an emergency.

    instructions to do something:

    The players were given strict instructions not to leave the hotel.

    follow (someone’s) instructions:

    I tried to follow her instructions, but I got confused.

    1. a.


      [plural] printed information explaining how to use or do something

      The instructions are written in English, German, and Japanese.

      follow the instructions:

      Press Enter and follow the on-screen instructions.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the teaching of a particular subject or skill

    golf/ski/math instruction

    instruction on:

    Students were given little instruction on taking useful notes.


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