Definition of teach
1a : to cause to know something <taught them a trade>b : to cause to know how <is teaching me to drive>c : to accustom to some action or attitude <teach students to think for themselves>d : 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.
Origin and Etymology of teach
Middle English techen to show, instruct, from Old English tǣcan; akin to Old English tācn sign — more at token
First Known Use: before 12th century
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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