Definition of teach
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
2 : to guide the studies of
3 : to impart the knowledge of teach algebra
4a : to instruct by precept, example, or experienceb : to make known and accepted experience teaches us our limitations
5 : to conduct instruction regularly in teach school
: to provide instruction : act as a teacher
Examples of teach in a Sentence
He enjoys teaching his students about history.
She taught English for many years at the high school.
The church teaches compassion and forgiveness.
Someone needs to teach her right and wrong.
The experience taught us that money doesn't mean everything.
Her injury will teach her not to be so careless with a knife.
Recent Examples of teach from the Web
That’s where Loeber and Reily teach them about job-hunting, resume-writing and networking.
The program teaches them mindfulness, proper nutrition, meditation, and really helps them train those with post-traumatic stress to overcome it.
As with Frisch and Williamson, council members questioned the impact on teaching positions and pay, while one council member, who did vote against the transfer, questioned the wisdom of using operating funds to buy computers.
The Seattle School Board is considering a resolution that would encourage ethnic studies to be taught at all its schools, similar to one proposed in January by the Seattle King County NAACP.
Her parents owned a fabrics store, and her grandmother taught her how to sew.
This is apparently a technique that she has been taught since birth, and comes in handy during this situation.
This is a lesson many parents already teach to their children.
The 11-day trial became a bitter contest between religious fundamentalism and biological theory; the judge held, however, that only evidence on whether or not Scopes had taught evolution was admissible, and Scopes was convicted.
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Synonym Discussion of teach
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
Definition of teach for Students
1 : to help in learning how to do something : show how He taught me to swim.
2 : to guide the studies of A substitute is teaching the class today.
3 : to give lessons in She teaches math.
4 : to cause to know the unpleasant results of something That will teach you to talk back.
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