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Instruct \In*struct"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Instructed; p. pr. & vb. n. Instructing.]

  1. To put in order; to form; to prepare. [Obs.]

    They speak to the merits of a cause, after the proctor has prepared and instructed the same for a hearing.

  2. To form by communication of knowledge; to inform the mind of; to impart knowledge or information to; to enlighten; to teach; to discipline.

    Schoolmasters will I keep within my house, Fit to instruct her youth.

  3. To furnish with directions; to advise; to direct; to command; as, the judge instructs the jury.

    She, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.
    --Matt. xiv. 8.

    Take her in; instruct her what she has to do.

    Syn: To teach; educate; inform; train; discipline; indoctrinate; direct; enjoin.


vb. (present participle of instruct English)

Usage examples of "instructing".

Their notion of instructing the new Weyrwoman in "Duties to Dragon, Weyr, and Pern" too often deteriorated into extended arguments over minor details in the lessons she had to memorize and recite word perfect.

Henry put down his phone after yet another call and my heart leapt up when I heard that Mr Bernard, my favourite instructing solicitor (because he keeps quiet, does what he's told and hardly ever tells me about his bad back), was coming over and was anxious to instruct me in a new case which was 'not on the legal aid'.

I lit a small cigar and took a seat with my instructing licitor not far away from the girl.

And, if you can believe it, Horace Rumpole, star of the Penge Bungalow Murders and leading actor in so many dramas down the Bailey, sat mum and junior to his instructing solicitor.

I had fixed him up with the dependable Bernard as an instructing solicitor and he was even then waiting for me in my consulting room, an ailing medic who hoped that Rumpole would work the miracle cure.

I saw Mr Bernard, our admirable instructing solicitor, avert his eyes in shame.

He wanted to conceal the fact that he'd been dining there with his female instructing solicitor.

As it was, that sort of apprentice system was almost in place anyhow with parents either instructing their kids in the family's profession or getting a knowledgeable neighbour to do it.

She would have the instructing of the humbled girl, and that was going to be hard enough to handle without the child experiencing further abasement.

If he wasn't instructing, taking his Drum Tower watches - Hayon, the oldest of Hayara's brood, was technically in charge of that part of the Hold's routine duties -or taking a few days to travel to the corners of the Hold to tutor small holder groups, he busied himself mending instruments, repairing music sheets and copying those which Evarel's pain-racked hands had been unable to keep in good shape.

Robinton was able to relax his vigilance and do a proper job of instructing the young in their traditional songs and ballads.

From then until the evening meal, Jaxom wished he'd not been so thoughtful because Lytol had him instructing Brand and himself in accurately timing Threadfall.

Meanwhile I was going through the old legal gambit of chatting up the instructing solicitor.

But when I opened my own door I was astounded to see a youngish female seated in my chair, wearing horn-rimmed specs and apparently interviewing a respectable middle-aged lady and a man who gave every appearance of being an instructing solicitor.

He was instructing the home office to see how many jobs could be filled at once with female help.