verb \ˈtēch\

Definition of teach


play \ˈtȯt\;


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to cause to know something taught them a tradeb :  to cause to know how is teaching me to drivec :  to accustom to some action or attitude teach students to think for themselvesd :  to cause to know the disagreeable consequences of some action I'll teach you to come home late

  3. 2 :  to guide the studies of

  4. 3 :  to impart the knowledge of teach algebra

  5. 4a :  to instruct by precept, example, or experienceb :  to make known and accepted experience teaches us our limitations

  6. 5 :  to conduct instruction regularly in teach school

  7. intransitive verb
  8. :  to provide instruction :  act as a teacher

Examples of teach in a Sentence

  1. He enjoys teaching his students about history.

  2. She taught English for many years at the high school.

  3. The church teaches compassion and forgiveness.

  4. Someone needs to teach her right and wrong.

  5. The experience taught us that money doesn't mean everything.

  6. Her injury will teach her not to be so careless with a knife.

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Origin and Etymology of teach

Middle English techen to show, instruct, from Old English tǣcan; akin to Old English tācn sign — more at 1token

Synonym Discussion of teach

teach, instruct, educate, train, discipline, school mean to cause to acquire knowledge or skill. teach applies to any manner of imparting information or skill so that others may learn. taught us a lot about our planet instruct suggests methodical or formal teaching. instructs raw recruits in military drill educate implies development of the mind. more things than formal schooling serve to educate a person train stresses instruction and drill with a specific end in view. trained foreign pilots to operate the new aircraft discipline implies training in habits of order and precision. a disciplined mind school implies training or disciplining especially in what is hard to master. schooled the horse in five gaits

TEACH Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of teach for English Language Learners

  • : to cause or help (someone) to learn about a subject by giving lessons

  • : to give lessons about (a particular subject) to a person or group

  • : to cause or help (a person or animal) to learn how to do something by giving lessons, showing how it is done, etc.

TEACH Defined for Kids


verb \ˈtēch\

Definition of teach for Students




  1. 1 :  to help in learning how to do something :  show how He taught me to swim.

  2. 2 :  to guide the studies of A substitute is teaching the class today.

  3. 3 :  to give lessons in She teaches math.

  4. 4 :  to cause to know the unpleasant results of something That will teach you to talk back.

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