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"instruct" in British English

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instructverb

uk   us   /ɪnˈstrʌkt/
  • instruct verb (ORDER)

C1 [T + to infinitive] to ​order or ​tell someone to do something, ​especially in a ​formal way: The ​police have been instructed topatrol the ​building and ​surroundingarea. [T] UK to ​employ a ​lawyer to ​represent you in ​court [T] When a ​judge instructs a ​jury, he or she ​tells it what the ​lawmeans and how to use it.

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(Definition of instruct from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"instruct" in American English

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instructverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈstrʌkt/
  • instruct verb [T] (TEACH)

to ​teach someone how to do something: I need someone to instruct me on how to use the ​computer.
  • instruct verb [T] (ORDER)

to ​order or ​tell someone to do something, esp. in a ​formal way: [+ to infinitive] The ​police have been instructed not to ​let anyone ​leave the ​area.
(Definition of instruct from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"instruct" in Business English

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instructverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈstrʌkt/
to ​order or tell someone to do something, especially in a ​formal way: instruct sb to do sth They were instructed to ​remove the ​vehicles from the ​site immediately as they were causing an obstruction.
to teach someone about something or how to do something: instruct sb on/in sth Employees will be instructed on the use of the new ​invoicingsystem that is being ​introduced next month.
UK LAW to ​employ a ​lawyer to ​deal with a ​legalcase, and to tell them what you want them to do: We'll instruct our ​lawyer to ​draw up an ​agreement.
(Definition of instruct from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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