teach·​er | \ ˈtē-chər \

Definition of teacher

1 : one that teaches especially : one whose occupation is to instruct
2 : a Mormon ranking above a deacon in the Aaronic priesthood

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Synonyms for teacher


educationist [chiefly British], educator, instructor, pedagogue (also pedagog), preceptor, schoolteacher

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Examples of teacher in a Sentence

Experience is a good teacher. She is a first-grade teacher. a teacher of driver's education
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One of the favorite teachers in our school got laid off. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "This Is the Woman Who Could Help Republicans Win in November," 13 Sep. 2018 According to a National Center for Education Statistics study, 94% of teachers buy supplies with their own money, so Target is here to make things a little easier for them. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Target Is Holding a Major Online Sale on Amazon Prime Day," 16 July 2018 The government fired another 9,000 police officers, 6,000 military personnel and hundreds of teachers for alleged links to terror groups. The Economist, "Politics this week," 12 July 2018 When reopened, the building is generally reconstituted, in terms of teachers, curriculum and administration. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What’s really going on in Indiana’s public schools," 12 July 2018 The decree, published in the Official Gazette, sacked 18,632 civil servants, including nearly 9,000 police officers, some 6,000 members of the military and hundreds of teachers and academics. NBC News, "Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree as Erdogan cements power," 8 July 2018 Some of the human teachers who have worked with the technology see it as one of many educational tools to be used in engaging children with learning. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Enrichment programs can help students reach beyond the classroom," 7 July 2018 During 2010, for instance, DPI revoked the licenses of only two teachers. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Teacher revocations spike under Tony Evers after GOP accuses him of being tardy on issue," 5 July 2018 Most of the teachers are blind to that kind of truth. refinery29.com, "The Affair," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of teacher

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of teacher

: a person or thing that teaches something; especially : a person whose job is to teach students about certain subjects


teach·​er | \ ˈtē-chər \

Kids Definition of teacher

: a person who passes on information or skill

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to gather or build up little by little

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