verb (taught; teaching) Etymology: Middle English techen to show, instruct, from Old English tǣcan; akin to Old English tācn sign — more at token Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to cause to know something <
taught them a trade
b. to cause to know how <
is teaching me to drive
c. to accustom to some action or attitude <
teach students to think for themselves
d. to cause to know the disagreeable consequences of some action <
I'll teach you to come home late
2. to guide the studies of 3. to impart the knowledge of <
teach algebra
4. a. to instruct by precept, example, or experience b. to make known and accepted <
experience teaches us our limitations
5. to conduct instruction regularly in <
teach school
intransitive verb to provide instruction ; act as a teacher Usage: see learn Synonyms: teach, instruct, educate, train, discipline, school mean to cause to acquire knowledge or skill. teach applies to any manner of imparting information or skill so that others may learn <
taught us a lot about our planet
. instruct suggests methodical or formal teaching <
instructs raw recruits in military drill
. educate implies development of the mind <
more things than formal schooling serve to educate a person
. train stresses instruction and drill with a specific end in view <
trained foreign pilots to operate the new aircraft
. discipline implies training in habits of order and precision <
a disciplined mind
. school implies training or disciplining especially in what is hard to master <
schooled the horse in five gaits

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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