- 1 [reporting verb] Tell or order someone to do something, especially in a formal or official way: [with object and infinitive]: she instructed him to wait [with direct speech]: ‘Look at me,’ he instructed [with clause]: I instructed that she should be given hot, sweet teaMore example sentences
- The German soldier, instructed in killing and ordered to destroy him, held the photos.
- In future local authorities, which are currently powerless, will be able to issue formal notices instructing the reduction of a hedge's height and its long-term maintenance.
- After months of wrangling, a council last month issued an enforcement order instructing Mr Bennett to remove it or face prosecution.
- 2 [with object] Teach (someone) a subject or skill: he instructed them in the use of firearms [with object and clause]: instructing electors how to record their votesMore example sentences
- I will instruct you and teach you.
- The best in language and the worst in language are found in literature, and it's the best that instructs you, that teaches you.
- With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, and taught Him in the path of justice?
- 3 [with object] Law (Of a client) employ or authorize (a solicitor or barrister) to act on one’s behalf: he must indicate which of the firms he wishes to instructMore example sentences
employ, authorize to act for one, brief, give information to
- The judge properly addressed the question of whether it was ACP or Mr Atkinson who was the client instructing the company's solicitors.
- But the onus is of course on them to instruct us, as it would be for any client to instruct their solicitor.
- I made it very clear to the defendant that he should instruct a solicitor if he wanted to cross-examine the complainant, and should do this ASAP today if possible.
- 3.1(Of a solicitor) give directions or information to (a barrister) regarding a court case: she is skilled in interviewing clients and instructing counselMore example sentences
- If counsel is instructed by a solicitor who is in court, he too should be allowed to attend the discussion.
- This is called the Bar table, and on this side the solicitors who instruct the barristers and prepare their work, they sit there.
- Counsel was instructed and advised that a single change of user from military to civilian would not amount to a material change of use.
- 4 [with object] Give information to (someone): [with clause]: the bank was instructed that the money from the deposit account was now held by the companyMore example sentences
- These officials should be instructed that they have the right and duty to refuse to obey any order to participate in torture.
- Indeed, it is she who instructs him of his identity.
- In an appendix on Polish pronunciation Ruane helpfully instructs us that the name is pronounced ‘pop-yeh-wooshko’ with the stress on the ‘woosh’.
late Middle English (in sense 2): from Latin instruct- 'constructed, equipped, taught', from the verb instruere, from in- 'upon, towards' + struere 'pile up'.