verb (used with object)
to furnish with knowledge, especially by a systematic method; teach; train; educate.
to furnish with orders or directions; direct; order; command: The doctor instructed me to diet.
to furnish with information; inform; apprise.
Law. (of a judge) to guide (a jury) by outlining the legal principles involved in the case under consideration.

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin instructus past participle of instruere to equip, train, set in order, equivalent to in- in-2 + struc- (variant stem of struere to put together) + -tus past participle suffix

instructedly, adverb
instructedness, noun
instructible, adjective
misinstruct, verb (used with object)
overinstruct, verb (used with object)
preinstruct, verb (used with object)
quasi-instructed, adjective
reinstruct, verb (used with object)
self-instructed, adjective
self-instructing, adjective
uninstructible, adjective
uninstructing, adjective
well-instructed, adjective

1. tutor, coach; drill, discipline; indoctrinate; school. 2. prescribe. 3. enlighten.

1. See teach. Unabridged
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instruct (ɪnˈstrʌkt)
1.  to direct to do something; order
2.  to teach (someone) how to do (something)
3.  to furnish with information; apprise
4.  chiefly (Brit) law
 a.  (esp of a client to his solicitor or a solicitor to a barrister) to give relevant facts or information to
 b.  to authorize (a barrister or solicitor) to conduct a case on a person's behalf: to instruct counsel
[C15: from Latin instruere to construct, set in order, equip, teach, from struere to build]

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  automatically under certain conditions.
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Instruct them to reach consensus on the establishment of three groups of
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