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

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The Instagram account @preachersnsneakers began to reveal its teachings in the Lenten season. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Normcore Opulence of Preachers Wearing Four-Figure Sneakers," 14 June 2019 Qstream uses a teaching method designed at Harvard Medical School to train medical professionals in safety and diagnostic procedures. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "The Robots That Manage the Managers," 15 Apr. 2019 The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, a way to practice her teachings in the real world. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Watch Out Goop, Marie Kondo Is Launching Her Own Lifestyle Site," 8 Mar. 2019 No cakewalk Hollow Knight’s most difficult areas take those teaching methods to the logical extreme. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Hollow Knight beats Metroid, Dark Souls at their own brutal game," 28 July 2018 That means making all schools equal regardless of location, paying our teachers well, and consistently updating teaching methods. charlotteobserver, "Ashley Christensen," 3 July 2018 Some suspect that Gruden’s relentless teaching methods will wear on the mellow fifth-year QB. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Jon Gruden Is Back, With a Big Rebuilding Job: 10 Thoughts on the Raiders," 18 June 2018 Duckler said the company's teaching methods are adapted for each group's physical capabilities. Laura Bleiberg, latimes.com, "These dancers find a most unusual stage: A South L.A. hospital," 24 May 2018 Palacios recalled those years as an intense period of growth that pushed her to go beyond traditional teaching methods focused primarily on content delivery and memorization. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "A Witness to the Desegregation—and Resegregation—of America's Schools," 1 May 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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to take the place or position of

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