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teach

verb
 
 
/tiːtʃ/ ( past tense and past participle taught)
GIVE LESSONS [I, T] A1 to give lessons in a particular subject at a school, university, etc: She taught at Harvard University for several years. He teaches history.Teaching in general
SHOW HOW TO [T] A2 to show or explain to someone how to do something: [+ to do sth] My dad taught me to drive. Can you teach me how to knit?Teaching in general
GET KNOWLEDGE [T] B1 If a situation teaches you something, it gives you new knowledge or helps you to understand something: [+ to do sth] The whole experience taught him to be more careful with money. →  See also teach sb a lesson Teaching in general
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