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verb [transitive] instruct pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈstrʌkt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyinstruct
he/she/itinstructs
present participleinstructing
past tenseinstructed
past participleinstructed
  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.

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