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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.

instruction noun (TEACHING)

instructions [plural] A2 advice and information about how to do or use something, often written in a small book or on the side of a container: The cooking instructions say 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?
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