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teaching

noun teach·ing \ ˈtē-chiŋ \
|Updated on: 29 Jul 2018

Definition of teaching

1 : the act, practice, or profession of a teacher
2 : something taught; especially : doctrine
  • the teachings of Confucius

Examples of teaching in a Sentence

  1. He went into teaching after college.

  2. 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 of teaching from the Web

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First Known Use of teaching

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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teaching

adjective

Definition of teaching

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

First Known Use of teaching

1615

in the meaning defined above

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TEACHING Defined for English Language Learners

teaching

Definition of teaching for English Language Learners

  • : the job or profession of a teacher

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


teaching

Definition of teaching for English Language Learners

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


TEACHING Defined for Kids

teaching

noun

Definition of teaching for Students

1 : the duties or profession of a teacher
2 : something taught
  • We studied the philosopher's teachings.


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