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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An email has been sent with instructions for resetting your password. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Creepy new The Walking Dead promo promises 'end of the world'," 12 Sep. 2019 Enclosed were contact details for the letter writer and her granddaughter, with instructions to use the cash to cover the cost of a phone call to let Brian's family know where the bottle had been found. NBC News, "Florida cop finds bottle containing ashes, dollar bills and a touching message," 10 Sep. 2019 When its bot instructed a reporter how to meet with the group’s activists in a Moscow park, the location was unclear, and they had not been told about the interview, and were unfamiliar with the bot’s instructions. Washington Post, "Russian protesters aided by digital tools, self-organizing," 6 Sep. 2019 On February 16, 2005, the BTK killer sent police a purple floppy disk filled with instructions for further communications. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is the BTK Killer? What 'Mindhunter' Doesn’t Tell You About Dennis Rader," 30 Aug. 2019 The watchdog office said Comey broke bureau rules by giving one memo containing unclassified information to a friend with instructions to share the contents with a reporter. Eric Tucker, The Denver Post, "Former FBI Director James Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos, DOJ watchdog says," 29 Aug. 2019 The watchdog office said Comey broke bureau rules by giving one memo containing unclassified information to a friend with instructions to share the contents with a reporter. Eric Tucker, BostonGlobe.com, "James Comey violated FBI policies in handling of memos on Trump conversations, watchdog finds," 29 Aug. 2019 The watchdog office said Comey broke bureau rules by giving one memo containing unclassified information to a friend with instructions to share the contents with a reporter. Eric Tucker, chicagotribune.com, "Former FBI Director James Comey mishandled memos, but didn’t share classified information, Justice Department’s inspector general says," 29 Aug. 2019 Each unit comes with picture instructions showing ways to use the equipment for different muscle groups. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Broussard Park’s trail system may be installed this year; exercise and play equipment on the way," 9 Aug. 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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