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"instruction" in British English

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instructionnoun

uk   /ɪnˈstrʌk.ʃən/  us   /ɪnˈstrʌk.ʃən/
  • 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 ​particularskill or ​subject: The ​videoprovides instruction on how to ​operate the ​computer. The ​course gives you basic instruction incarmaintenance. Have you ​seen the instruction manual for the ​washingmachine?
(Definition of instruction from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"instruction" in American English

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instructionnoun

 us   /ɪnˈstrʌk·ʃən/
  • instruction noun (TEACHING)

[U] the ​act of ​teaching someone how to do something: The ​course gives you ​basic instruction in ​carmaintenance and ​repairs.
  • instruction noun (ORDER)

[C usually pl] an ​order to do something, esp. a ​formalorder: [+ to infinitive] The ​generalreceived instructions to ​return to the ​base.
(Definition of instruction from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"instruction" in Business English

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instructionnoun

uk   us   /ɪnˈstrʌkʃən/
instructions
[plural] written ​advice and ​information about how to do or use something: Please read the instructions carefully. Follow the instructions given below to ​activate your ​card.clear/detailed/step-by-step instructions The furniture comes with detailed instructions about how to ​assemble it.assembly/installation instructions The first ​step is ​following the ​installation instructions as well as the on-screen ​requests from the ​program.
[C, usually plural] something that someone tells you to do: It was a confusing instruction, and I wasn't sure what he wanted me to do. give sb instructions on sth My ​boss gave me instructions on what to say to the ​press.give sb instructions to do sth She gave me instructions not to ​contact the ​customer directly. to issue/receive instructions clear/​firm/strict instructions act on/carry out/follow (sb's) instructions The ​sharesallow him to ​force the ​board to ​carry out his instructions.disregard/ignore (sb's) instructions I ignored the instructions I had been given and went ​ahead with the ​deal anyway.
[C] IT a ​piece of ​information that tells a ​computer how to do something: Simple ​computerprocessors execute instructions one after the other.
[U] the ​act of teaching something: instruction in/on sth You will receive instruction on how to ​operate the ​system.
an instruction manual/book
a ​book that gives ​advice and ​information about how to do or use something: Be sure to read your instruction ​manual and ​follow the ​recommendations for ​safeoperation.
be under instructions
if someone is under instructions to do something, they have been told to do it: She was under instructions to ​report back to ​headoffice every day.
on the instruction(s) of sb
if you do something on the instruction(s) of someone, you do it because they have told you to: On the instructions of her ​solicitor, she ​refused to give a ​statement.
under instruction
being taught something: The ​trainee learns by ​carrying out ​realworktasks under instruction from a more ​experiencedcolleague.
(Definition of instruction from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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