Definition of teach in English:
verb (pastand past participle taught /tôt/)[with object and infinitiveor clause]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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In Anglo-Saxon times to teach was at first ‘to present’ or ‘to point out’, although the idea of instructing someone soon developed. The word shares an ancient root with token. The proverb don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs has been in use since the 18th century as a caution against offering advice to someone wiser and more experienced than yourself. Sucking eggs was something thieves did on a farm, as to suck the centre from an egg on the spot is the quickest and safest way to eat it surreptitiously. Many similar expressions have been invented down the years, such as don't teach your grandmother how to steal sheep, with the shared idea that an older person knows a lot more about cunning dodges than you do. The assumption here is that the longer experience of the older person brings wisdom, but the saying you can't teach an old dog new tricks associates the knowledge of years with rigidity, and an inability to take new things on board.
teach someone a lesson
- see lesson.
- US Be a schoolteacher.Example sentences
- 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.
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