teach·ing | \ ˈtē-chiŋ \

Definition of teaching 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act, practice, or profession of a teacher

2 : something taught especially : doctrine the teachings of Confucius



Definition of teaching (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, used for, or engaged in teaching a teaching aid the teaching profession a teaching assistant

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Examples of teaching in a Sentence


He went into teaching after college. a chemist who has devoted his career to teaching, even though he could have made a lot more money in an industrial job

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The University of Kentucky has a research and teaching center named after Schnatter that were founded through donations from the Papa John’s founder and the Charles Koch Foundation. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "University of Kentucky cuts ties with Schnatter after N-word comment," 13 July 2018 Reminds me of the Catholic Church and its teachings. John Baer, Philly.com, "Casey's opposition to Trump SCOTUS pick raises questions about Casey's abortion stance | John Baer," 10 July 2018 Cases come together Walker, a sharp-dresser who makes his living teaching dance, struggled to comprehend why someone would’ve done this to his roommates, good people. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "Inside the alleged DeKalb gang killing spree that took five lives," 8 June 2018 Charlotte’s part-time work outside the home included teaching Home Economics at Cardinal Gibbons High School and office assistant duties in a bustling medical practice. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 There’s a lot to learn from this simple conversation said Jameson O’Donnell, the teaching chef. Anya Van Wagtendonk, Philly.com, "For these immigrants, flipping pancakes and learning English go hand-in-hand," 12 July 2018 Many women graduates used to go into teaching, but now aspire to men-only jobs. The Economist, "Saudi women want more sway in religious affairs," 12 July 2018 Because as Eden proved, even the most pious women can use the Bible’s teachings to question Gilead. refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Recap Season 2, Episode 13: The Martha Express," 11 July 2018 Winners received presidential citations at an award ceremony last week, and participated in talks on math and science teaching led by federal officials. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Cromwell Valley teacher wins presidential award for math education," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of teaching


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1615, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of teaching

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the job or profession of a teacher

: something that is taught : the ideas and beliefs that are taught by a person, religion, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of teaching (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or used for teaching someone or something



Kids Definition of teaching

1 : the duties or profession of a teacher

2 : something taught We studied the philosopher's teachings.

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