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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McDowell followed the instructions of the trooper, who placed McDowell in the front seat. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Malik McDowell's dreams crashed on his ATV: 'He's not the same person'," 28 July 2019 If needed, a fungicide for leaf spot could be applied, following label instructions. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Zinnias can be added to summer gardens in Florida," 27 July 2019 Download and launch the free Ring app and follow the instructions to add a new camera. Dallas News, "The Ring Stick Up Cam Battery works with no wires at all," 27 June 2019 If that person is gone, most of them do not happily follow instructions from someone new. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 Leonard gave the chuckle of someone who had misread an instruction manual on how to do it. New York Times, "The Raptors’ Journey to the Top of the N.B.A.," 14 June 2019 If my food was still good without a recipe, maybe there was no need to beat myself up about not following instructions in the other areas of my life. Isabelle O'carroll, Bon Appétit, "How Cooking Made Me See My ADHD as a Talent Instead of a Shame," 10 June 2019 Authorities also found evidence of covert cameras and instruction manuals for the cameras, according to testimony at the detention hearing. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Hidden cameras, voyeurism, violent porn among accusations against Vestavia Hills pain doctor arrested by feds," 8 June 2019 Just follow the instructions on the State Department website. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Post offices are hosting a passport fair on June 8. Here's what you need to do," 6 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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