Definition of instruction in English:

instruction

Syllabification: in·struc·tion
Pronunciation: /inˈstrəkSH(ə)n
 
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noun

1 (often instructions) A direction or order: he issued instructions to the sheriff he was acting on my instructions
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  • Jones had given explicit instructions to his charges to behave earlier this week.
  • Whether such an instruction qualifies the order to the bank or is directed to the payee is a question of fact.
  • Finally the agent gives the woman the same instructions, ordering her to kill her husband.
Synonyms
requirement, stipulation
informal marching orders
literary behest
1.1 (instructions) Law Directions to a lawyer or to a jury.
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  • She does not say what particular instructions the solicitors received.
  • Equally, that is the proper time for his solicitors to receive such instructions.
  • I read that in the papers somewhere that the trial judge actually gave some instructions to the jury about the role of the foreman.
1.2 Computing A code or sequence in a computer program that defines an operation and puts it into effect.
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  • Clock speed will show the number of instructions that a computer can execute in a second.
  • Virtual memory uses an MMU to convert the virtual addresses that are used by program instructions to physical locations.
  • Properly crafted computer instructions appended to the text will then be executed by the machine, giving hackers a way in.
2 (instructions) Detailed information telling how something should be done, operated, or assembled: always study the instructions supplied
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  • Each person was given detailed information and instructions on how to contribute to the study.
  • Once the explosives are ready, there are detailed instructions on how to make a suicide belt.
  • As well as detailed, door-to-door instructions, it provides users with a range of additional services.
Synonyms
directions, key, rubric, specification, how-tos;
handbook, manual, guide, tutorial
3Teaching; education: the school offers personalized instruction in a variety of skills
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  • The practical foundation of this policy has been the medium of instruction in primary schools.
  • The loss of parental preference does not mean that a child has no access to educational instruction either in school or otherwise.
  • The second model used Irish as the medium of instruction in schools either partially or fully.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin instructio(n-), from the verb instruere (see instruct).

Derivatives

instructional

adjective
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  • The case studies showed that a variety of formal and informal activities crowd out instructional time.
  • Call now, to get your informational packet and free instructional videotape!
  • Some of them have already made recommendations on new pedagogy and instructional strategies.

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