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

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 According to Catholic teaching, St. Dymphna was born in Ireland in the 7th century. Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2022 Though they are paid less on average than teachers at area public schools, the Lionsgate teachers aren’t burdened with piles of paperwork and can devote their time to teaching. Naomi Schaefer Riley, WSJ, 6 May 2022 He was attracted to University Middle partly because of its commitment to diversity and its approach to teaching. Kat Mckim, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 Over the last few days, other organizations and groups joined the protests, with some regions closing schools and resorting to online teaching as a consequence of roadblocks and picket lines. Stefano Pozzebon And Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 6 Apr. 2022 At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, UMBC was among many universities that shifted to remote teaching, and then to a hybrid of online and in-person instruction. Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2022 Students returned to in-class teaching later than other districts in metro Atlanta. Leon Stafford, ajc, 31 Mar. 2022 Catholic churches present the Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent, especially on Good Friday, which is the day Christ died on the cross, according to Catholic teaching. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2022 More than 2,000 schools have suspended in-person teaching. New York Times, 9 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Local 99 of Service Employees International Union, which represents most non-teaching campus workers, has called for a voice in safety matters. Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2022 Leading up to the strike, the district had hundreds of vacancies for educators and non-teaching classified staff, putting a strain on employees, union leaders said. Melissa Gomezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 Organizations are looking to hire teachers and substitute teachers as well as non-teaching employees. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2022 Local 99 of Service Employees International Union, which represents most non-teaching employees, including large numbers of lower-wage workers, pushed for the extension in contract negotiations. Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2021 The former office administrator noted that teachers aren’t the only ones facing these challenges; non-teaching staff have also struggled during the pandemic. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 6 Feb. 2022 Second, the non-teaching dimensions of higher education have become relatively more important. Richard Vedder, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Vaccination rates have been lower for non-teaching, lower-wage workers. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 Vaccine hesitancy has been consistently higher among members of the district’s other large union: Local 99 of Service Employees International Union, which represents about 28,000 non-teaching employees, including large numbers of lower-wage workers. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 29 May. 2022.

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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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