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instruction

noun uk   /ɪnˈstrʌk.ʃən/ us  

instruction noun (ORDER)

C2 [C usually plural] something that someone tells you to do: The police who broke into the house were only acting on/under instructions. [+ to infinitive] He gave me strict instructions to get there by eight o'clock.
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instruction noun (TEACHING)

instructions [plural] A2 advice and information about how to do or use something, often written in a book or on the side of a container: The cooking instructions say to bake it for half an hour. You obviously didn't read the instructions properly. They need clear instructions on what to do next.C2 [U] the teaching of a particular skill or subject: The video provides instruction on how to operate the computer. The course gives you basic instruction in car maintenance. Have you seen the instruction manual for the washing machine?
Translations of “instruction”
in Korean 지시…
in Arabic تَعْليمات…
in Portuguese instrução…
in Catalan ordre, instrucció…
in Japanese 指示…
in Italian istruzione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 命令, 指示,命令,吩咐…
in Russian инструкция, указание, обучение…
in Turkish talimat direktif, emir, öğretim…
in Chinese (Simplified) 命令, 指示,命令,吩咐…
in Polish instrukcja, wskazówka, polecenie…
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