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

Last month at Kampala International University, a private teaching hospital 200 miles south of the capital, doctors whom staff identified as North Korean were walking the corridors, tending to patients or operating radiology machines. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Never Take Their Photos: Tracking the Commandos, North Korea’s Secret Export," 9 Dec. 2018 Just five years ago, John Dempsey Hospital was ranked last among teaching hospitals in the U.S. by Consumer Reports. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "UConn Health Is First U.S. Hospital With Augmented Reality Surgical Microscope," 12 July 2018 The randomised controlled trial that IDinsight used to assess the teaching was, like many such trials, neither simple nor cheap. The Economist, "Development-impact bonds are costly, cumbersome—and good," 12 July 2018 The idea for mitochondrial transplants was born of serendipity, desperation and the lucky meeting of two researchers at two Harvard teaching hospitals — Dr. Emani at Boston Children’s and James McCully at New England Deaconess Hospital. New York Times, "Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments," 10 July 2018 Eighty percent of 103 clinical department heads — the doctors who oversee specialties such as surgery, medicine, obstetrics, and psychiatry — at the city’s six major teaching hospitals are men, according to data provided by the hospitals. Liz Kowalczyk, BostonGlobe.com, "At top hospitals, department chiefs still overwhelmingly white, male," 10 July 2018 The university plans to build a teaching hospital next to its Lake Nona medical school with HCA, a large national for-profit hospital chain, that will open by the end of 2020. Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UCF Health posts $5.8M loss, has high risk of doctor turnover, report finds," 2 July 2018 The other finalists are Herb Buchanan, most recently president of the academic medical centers for Indiana University, and Kate Becker, president of the primary teaching hospital of Saint Louis University. Todd Ackerman, Houston Chronicle, "UTMB-Galveston second in command a finalist for New Mexico job," 13 Apr. 2018 His teachings consisted of the First, Second, and Third Wheels of Dharma. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jack’s Necklace on 'This Is Us' Has a Deeper Meaning That Everyone Missed," 27 Nov. 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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