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


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

Yet, as someone whose spiritual practice is based in Buddhist philosophy and teaching, Oh is all about living in the moment. Alina Cho, Marie Claire, "Women of the Hour: Thandie Newton, Elisabeth Moss, and Sandra Oh," 5 Apr. 2019 After his arrival in Jerusalem, celebrated with a parade of palms, Jesus embarks on a week of teaching and torture that ends in his crucifixion on Good Friday. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Palm Sunday? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 4 Mar. 2019 Adding to that, most of the country’s highest-ranked teaching and research hospitals are affiliated with M.D. schools—including the 20 best in the nation as rated by U.S. News & World Report. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and Should You See One?," 6 Feb. 2019 In its most wondrous moments, teaching and learning can be sheer and utter magic. Deb Cohan, Teen Vogue, "College Professor Advice: 16 Things You Should Never Do as a Student," 8 Oct. 2018 Kavanaugh subsequently became tearful multiple times while describing his relationship with his family and the impact these allegations could have on his interest in teaching and coaching. Li Zhou, Vox, "Watch: Brett Kavanaugh tears up as he mounts an emotional defense," 27 Sep. 2018 He has been removed from all teaching and research. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Big nutrition research scandal sees 6 more retractions, purging popular diet tips," 20 Sep. 2018 Mary Carrillo, who works in operations, administration and as a coach for SoFLO Volleyball, enjoys teaching and training the campers at JSports Camp regarding the sport. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Posnack JCC's athletics include sports camps, leagues and Maccabi teams," 5 July 2018 The idea is to try to make every space a learning and teaching opportunity and not have dead spaces in the building. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "Construction underway for new Bellaire High School," 3 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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The first known use of teaching was in the 13th century

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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