verb (past and past participle taught /tɔːt/)
- 1 [with object and infinitive or clause] Impart knowledge to or instruct (someone) as to how to do something: she taught him to read he taught me how to ride a bikeMore example sentences
educate, instruct, school, tutor, give lessons to, coach, train, upskill, ground, enlighten, illuminate, verse, edify, prepare, din something into, indoctrinate, brainwash; drill, discipline, put someone through their paces; North American teach schooldemonstrate to, give someone an idea, make clear• informal learn
- 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.
- 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 FrenchMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [no object] Work as a teacher: she teaches at the local high schoolMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 [with object and clause] Cause (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 eldersMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 [with object] Encourage someone to accept (something) as a fact or principle: the philosophy teaches self-controlMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2 • informal Make (someone) less inclined to do something: ‘I’ll teach you to forget my tea,’ he said, and gave me six with his caneMore example sentences
- 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!
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- A teacher: she came to say ‘Hi!’ to her old teachMore example sentences
- 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.
teach someone a lesson
- see lesson.
- US Be a schoolteacher: she taught school until 1920More 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.
Old English tǣcan 'show, present, point out', of Germanic origin; related to token, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek deiknunai 'show', deigma 'sample'.
The verbs teach and learn do not have the same meaning and should not be used interchangeably: see learn (usage).