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 In 1987, Abdur-Razzaq began Flute Juice Productions and started performing while maintaining his love of teaching. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 16 Apr. 2021 Not surprisingly, so many of us are in the fields of therapy, of teaching, of helping. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "Elementary-School Friendships Are, at Age 70, a ‘Plumb Line to the Past’," 2 Apr. 2021 Covid has pummeled universities, robbing them of a mode of teaching in use for centuries. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "The Man Who Made Online College Work," 2 Apr. 2021 While most Ohio students have returned to school buildings at least part-time, the challenge of teaching virtually might have pushed the educational system toward growth. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "COVID showed the cracks in society. How can we fix them?," 28 Mar. 2021 Debbie is a former high school math teacher with many years of experience teaching at two top Illinois high schools, New Trier and Stevenson. chicagotribune.com, "Letter: Vote for former math teacher Levinthal for D86 Board," 26 Mar. 2021 Even as many schools already offer some level of in-person teaching, there's growing demand to bring students back every day. Star Tribune, "AP-NORC poll: Learning setbacks a top concern for parents," 23 Mar. 2021 Even as many schools already offer some level of in-person teaching, there's growing demand to bring students back every day. Fox News, "Learning setbacks a top concern for parents: poll," 23 Mar. 2021 For men, athletic coaching offered a direct path into high-paying administrative jobs above the unglamorous work of classroom teaching. Robert Maranto, National Review, "Bureaucracy Has Conquered Schools. Joe Biden Won’t Fix It," 21 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Beasley said elementary school teachers and all district staff in non-teaching positions will be required to come back to work March 22. Leon Stafford, ajc, "Clayton County to begin face-to-face classes in April," 2 Mar. 2021 The plan would take staff members — including assistant principals, secretaries and counselors — away from their work for middle and high schools and place them in non-teaching roles supervising children in elementary schools. Washington Post, "D.C. middle and high school employees asked to staff elementary classrooms in reopening plans," 20 Oct. 2020 Watson also suggested that schools look internally for backup and use non-teaching school staff – like librarians, paraeducators, substitute teachers, central office staff and reading specialists – to fill the ranks. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "School pressure, sick lawmakers, go-cups: News from around our 50 states," 6 Oct. 2020 The Oak Park and River Forest High School board has approved agreements with two non-teaching unions to temporarily reduce work hours for some employees this semester. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "OPRF school board approves reduced hours for buildings, grounds, safety employees," 29 Sep. 2020

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Teaching.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teaching. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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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