teach·​ing | \ ˈtē-chiŋ How to pronounce teaching (audio) \

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

Noun 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 Its teachings revolve largely around the Book of Revelation, a chapter of the New Testament known mostly for its apocalyptic foreshadowing. Fox News, "Coronavirus cases balloon in South Korea as outbreak spreads," 21 Feb. 2020 Shincheonji is a religious movement with more than 200,000 followers that follows the teachings of its messianic founder Lee Man-hee. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Spike in South Korean coronavirus cases linked to doomsday sect," 21 Feb. 2020 The university then removed him as head of the biology department and barred him from teaching, but allowed him to continue his research, while a special faculty panel conducted a new investigation. Lindzi Wessel, Science | AAAS, "‘The spark has ignited.’ Latin American scientists intensify fight against sexual harassment," 20 Feb. 2020 In some state standards, like in Pennsylvania, teachings on racial discrimination are introduced in elementary school. Jericka Duncan, CBS News, "50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America's past," 19 Feb. 2020 Bacow has maintained that social change must occur through education and teaching, as opposed to modifying the endowment. NBC News, "Harvard students to file lawsuit demanding school pull investments from prisons," 18 Feb. 2020 The proof is that pups just get us, without any teaching. Popular Science, "Did humans truly domesticate dogs? Canine history is more of a mystery than you think.," 10 Feb. 2020 And, even if Beilein felt it necessary to correct many of the mistakes that proved costly in a loss a few days earlier, as part of an important teaching tool, the session certainly didn’t have to last 45 minutes. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ season of self-inflicted wounds continues in collapse against Chicago," 19 Jan. 2020 Harvard originally commissioned the models as teaching tools, better than botanical illustrations or pressed specimens at demonstrating plants’ three-dimensional structure and color. Myles Karp, National Geographic, "Rotting-fruit art points up plants in peril," 27 Dec. 2019

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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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“Teaching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teaching. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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