Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “instruct”

See all translations

instruct

verb [T]
 
 
/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 invoicing system that is being introduced next month.
UK LAW to employ a lawyer to deal with a legal case, 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)
What is the pronunciation of instruct?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “instruct” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

ellipsis

a situation in which words are left out of a sentence but the sentence can still be understood

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More