Thesaurus

instruct

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of instruct

  1. 1 to cause to acquire knowledge or skill in some field spent his military career instructing young pilots Synonyms of instruct educate, indoctrinate, teach, lesson, school, train, tutorWords Related to instruct coach, mentor; drill, fit, ground, habilitate, prepare, prime, qualify; direct, guide, lead, rear; catechize, lecture, moralize, preach; implant, inculcate, instill (also instil); homeschool; edify, enlighten; brief, familiarize, impart (to), inform, verse; initiate, introduce, show; reeducate, reschool, reteach, retrain

  2. 2 to give information to instructed everyone in the use of the new telephone system Synonyms of instruct acquaint, advise, apprise, brief, catch up, clear, clue (in), familiarize, fill in, hip, inform, enlighten, tell, verse, wise (up)Words Related to instruct advertise, alert, notify; announce (to), disclose (to); assure, certify, convince, reassure, warrant; educate, lecture, school, teach, tutor; disabuse, disenchant, disillusion, undeceiveNear Antonyms of instruct misinform, mislead

  3. 3 to issue orders to (someone) by right of authority the proctors instructed everyone to put their pencils down and hand in their tests Synonyms of instruct adjure, bid, boss (around), charge, direct, enjoin, command, order, tellWords Related to instruct ask, petition, request; beg, beseech, entreat; advise, counsel, warn; appoint, assign, authorize, commission; oversee, superintend, supervise; conduct, control, lead, manage; coerce, compel, constrain, force, oblige, requireNear Antonyms of instruct comply (with), follow, keep, observeAntonyms of instruct mind, obey

Synonym Discussion of instruct

teach, instruct, educate, train, discipline, school mean to cause to acquire knowledge or skill. teach applies to any manner of imparting information or skill so that others may learn.
    • taught us a lot about our planet
instruct suggests methodical or formal teaching.
    • instructs raw recruits in military drill
educate implies development of the mind.
    • more things than formal schooling serve to educate a person
train stresses instruction and drill with a specific end in view.
    • trained foreign pilots to operate the new aircraft
discipline implies training in habits of order and precision.
    • a disciplined mind
school implies training or disciplining especially in what is hard to master.
    • schooled the horse in five gaits


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