Teach Teach (t[=e]ch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Taught} (t[add]t); p. pr. & vb. n. {Teaching}.] [OE. techen, imp. taughte, tahte, AS. t[=ae]cean, imp. t[=ae]hte, to show, teach, akin to t[=a]cn token. See {Token}.] 1. To impart the knowledge of; to give intelligence concerning; to impart, as knowledge before unknown, or rules for practice; to inculcate as true or important; to exhibit impressively; as, to teach arithmetic, dancing, music, or the like; to teach morals. [1913 Webster]

If some men teach wicked things, it must be that others should practice them. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. To direct, as an instructor; to manage, as a preceptor; to guide the studies of; to instruct; to inform; to conduct through a course of studies; as, to teach a child or a class. ``He taught his disciples.'' --Mark ix. 31. [1913 Webster]

The village master taught his little school. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

3. To accustom; to guide; to show; to admonish. [1913 Webster]

I shall myself to herbs teach you. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

They have taught their tongue to speak lies. --Jer. ix. 5. [1913 Webster]

Note: This verb is often used with two objects, one of the person, the other of the thing; as, he taught me Latin grammar. In the passive construction, either of these objects may be retained in the objective case, while the other becomes the subject; as, I was taught Latin grammar by him; Latin grammar was taught me by him. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To instruct; inform; inculcate; tell; guide; counsel; admonish. See the Note under {Learn}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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