verb (used with object)

  1. to furnish with knowledge, especially by a systematic method; teach; train; educate.
  2. to furnish with orders or directions; direct; order; command: The doctor instructed me to diet.
  3. to furnish with information; inform; apprise.
  4. Law. (of a judge) to guide (a jury) by outlining the legal principles involved in the case under consideration.

verb (tr)

  1. to direct to do something; order
  2. to teach (someone) how to do (something)
  3. to furnish with information; apprise
  4. law, mainly British
    1. (esp of a client to his solicitor or a solicitor to a barrister) to give relevant facts or information to
    2. to authorize (a barrister or solicitor) to conduct a case on a person’s behalfto instruct counsel

early 15c., from Latin instructus, past participle of instruere “arrange, inform, teach,” literally “to build, erect,” from in- “on” (see in- (2)) + struere “to pile, build” (see structure (n.)). Related: Instructed; instructing.

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