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
Usage Discussion of teach
Learn in the sense of “teach” dates from the 13th century and was standard until at least the early 19th <made them drunk with true Hollands—and then learned them the art of making bargains — Washington Irving>. But by Mark Twain's time it was receding to a speech form associated chiefly with the less educated <never done nothing for three months but set in his back yard and learn that frog to jump — Mark Twain>. The present-day status of learn has not risen. This use persists in speech, but in writing it appears mainly in the representation of such speech or its deliberate imitation for effect.
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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