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verb teach pronunciation in British English /tiːtʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleteaching
past tensetaught
past participletaught
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to help students to learn something in a school, college, university etc by giving lessons
    How long have you been teaching here?
    teach science/maths/history etc: I teach English at the local comprehensive.
    teach children/teenagers/adults etc: She teaches children with learning difficulties.
    teach something to someone/teach someone something: John teaches English to adult learners.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to help someone to learn a skill by showing them how to do it
      teach someone something: His mother had taught him some words in Spanish.
      teach someone (how) to do something: My uncle is going to teach me to drive this summer.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to change the way that someone behaves or the way that someone thinks or feels about something
    teach someone something: The experience taught her the importance of having good friends.
    teach someone to do something: These children have to be taught to share with others.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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