Meaning of “teach” in the English Dictionary

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"teach" in British English

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teachverb [ I or T ]

uk /tiːtʃ/ us /tiːtʃ/ taught, taught

A1 to give someone knowledge or to train someone; to instruct:

She taught English to foreign students.
[ + to infinitive ] Who taught you to cook?
teach school US

to be a teacher in a school:

We moved to a small town where my mother taught school and my father worked in real estate.

More examples

  • This course qualifies you to teach in any secondary school.
  • We need to ensure that handwriting is properly taught in our primary schools.
  • My father taught me how to drive.
  • Tom teaches sculpture at the local art school.
  • He found it very hard teaching a class full of indifferent teenagers.

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

"teach" in American English

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teachverb [ I/T ]

us /titʃ/ past tense and past participle taught /tɔt/

to instruct or train someone or give someone knowledge of something:

[ I ] I taught for a few years before becoming a lawyer.
[ T ] He taught his children English/taught English to his children.
teach school

To teach school is to have a job instructing children in a school.

noun [ C/U ] us /ˈti·tʃɪŋ/

[ U ] I enjoy teaching, but it can be exhausting.

(Definition of “teach” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)