instruction

noun
in·​struc·​tion | \ in-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce instruction (audio) \

Definition of instruction

1a instructions plural : an outline or manual of technical procedure : directions
b : a direction calling for compliance : order usually used in plural had instructions not to admit strangers
c : a code that tells a computer to perform a particular operation
d : precept prevailing cultural instructions
2 : the action, practice, or profession of teaching

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Other Words from instruction

instructional \ in-​ˈstrək-​shnəl How to pronounce instructional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of instruction in a Sentence

You should read each instruction carefully. Their instruction was to deliver the package by five o'clock. The after-school program offers reading instruction to students who need it. The computer can handle one million instructions per second.
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For more secure ways to send us information, please see our instructions. Melissa Del Bosque, ProPublica, "The Case That Made an Ex-ICE Attorney Realize the Government Was Relying on False “Evidence” Against Migrants," 13 Aug. 2019 With her instructions in hand, Chuck set off on the massive memorial trip a month after her death, with his children often joining him, according to the Chicago Tribune. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Husband and Kids Embark on 11K-Mile Journey to Honor Late Wife's Wishes: 'She Did This for Us'," 13 Aug. 2019 The instructions never come, and when your time runs out, the crane’s claw drops, retrieving a stuffed peach. Ryan P. Dalton, Scientific American, "How We Are Wired for Smell," 13 Aug. 2019 The book is a rueful sigh, less instruction manual than recalibration of standards for male behavior. Raisa Bruner, Time, "A Sexologist, a Comedian and a Woman on a 'Man Fast' Rewrite the Rules of Dating," 8 Aug. 2019 AlterEgo could record your own instructions and give reminders at an appropriate time. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Device Can Hear the Voice Inside Your Head," 5 Aug. 2019 At the time, the 34-year-old coach was active in the Buckeyes’ recruitment of high school players and was well-regarded for his instruction and mentoring. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Five Key Takeaways From Ohio State's Records Release Involving Urban Meyer, Zach Smith," 2 Aug. 2019 The company that bore Cunningham’s name no longer exists, per his own instructions. Janine Parker, BostonGlobe.com, "Merce Cunningham dances are marvels anew with Compagnie CNDC-Angers," 4 July 2019 Your only instructions are to boot two schools from the conference and come up with balanced divisions that are competitively balanced but still preserve as much rivalry integrity as possible. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Ask Nick: On Michigan football recruiting and fair Big Ten divisions," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of instruction

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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instruction

noun

English Language Learners Definition of instruction

: a statement that describes how to do something
: an order or command
: the action or process of teaching : the act of instructing someone

instruction

noun
in·​struc·​tion | \ in-ˈstrək-shən How to pronounce instruction (audio) \

Kids Definition of instruction

1 instructions plural : a specific rule or command I left instructions that I was not to be disturbed.
2 instructions plural : an outline of how something is to be done Follow the instructions on the box.
3 : the act or practice of teaching Students receive instruction in history.

instruction

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Legal Definition of instruction

: an explanation of an applicable principle of law given by a judge to a jury before the jury retires to consider its verdict

called also jury charge, jury instruction

Note: Under both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, at the close of evidence, or before the close if the court reasonably so directs, any party may file written requests for the instructions to be given to the jury by the court. The court must advise the parties of its decision regarding the instructions prior to closing argument so that the parties may address the instructions during argument. Any objections to the instructions must be made before the jury retires for deliberation.

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