Definition of teach in English:

teach

Syllabification: teach
Pronunciation: /tēCH
 
/

verb (pastand past participle taught /tôt/)

[with object and infinitiveor clause]
  • 1Show or explain to (someone) how to do something: she taught him to read he taught me how to ride a bike
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    • As well as the teacher having all the knowledge to teach the kids, the kids can actually help the teacher learn something.
    • I was happy to have family in the business to teach me the knowledge of the business.
    • The education system that would teach girls to read would also empower millions of illiterate boys.
    Synonyms
    educate, instruct, school, tutor, coach, train; enlighten, illuminate, verse, edify, indoctrinate; drill, disciplinetrain, show, guide, instruct, explain to, demonstrate to
  • 1.1 [with object] Give information about or instruction in (a subject or skill): he came one day each week to teach painting [with two objects]: she teaches me French
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    • This guide contains all the skills and requirements as well as the background and reference information needed to teach the skills.
    • How the information and skills are taught are considered to be equally as important as the award itself.
    • Interventions can provide the information and teach the skills necessary to implement those strategies.
    Synonyms
    give lessons in, lecture in, be a teacher of; demonstrate, instill, inculcate
  • 1.2 [no object] Give such instruction professionally: she teaches at the local high school
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    • Both of our teachers have taught in the public schools and consider this a much better situation.
    • This same person was the only participant in the study ever encouraged by another member of the academy to teach at a community college.
    • Many teachers are unqualified to teach according to local public school standards and most don't know how to relate to American-raised children.
  • 1.3 [with object] Encourage someone to accept (something) as a fact or principle: the philosophy teaches self-control
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    • The people growing up with these ideologies usually accept what they are taught.
    • By teaching ideology instead of facts, our schools are erasing the nation's collective memory.
    • In 610 CE, the main principles of Islam were taught secretly.
  • 1.4Cause (someone) to learn or understand something by example or experience: she’d been taught that it paid to be passive my upbringing taught me never to be disrespectful to elders
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    • The experience of many decades had taught us to understand that the black poor of our country valued a just peace as deeply as they valued their lives.
    • The experience taught me how much it's possible to learn away from home in a new environment.
    • Experience teaches us, however, that humility often departs when the remembrance of imperfections grows more distant.
  • 1.5 informal Make (someone) less inclined to do something: “I’ll teach you to mess with young girls!”
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    • That'll teach you to mess with the Tengon regime!
    • She'd teach him for messing with every girl he saw.
    • And that, my redneck cousin, will teach you to mess with a town boy!

noun

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  • A teacher.
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    • I entered the class interrupting the lecture the teach was giving.
    • Everyone's eyes shift from the teach, Mrs. Stamos, to us.
    • I suppose they got annoyed when they came in with a hangover and the teach kicked them out.

Phrases

teach someone a lesson

see lesson.

teach school

US Be a schoolteacher.
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  • I had such affection for it as a kid, and I later taught school and high school out there for about seven years.
  • A shy, quiet boy who loved the outdoors, Thoreau graduated from Harvard College in 1837, taught school intermittently until 1841, then turned to writing as a career.
  • Alice Chipman Dewey had taught school before attending the University of Michigan.

Origin

Old English tǣcan 'show, present, point out', of Germanic origin; related to token, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek deiknunai 'show', and Latin dicere 'say'.

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