Etymology
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instruct (v.)

early 15c., "to tell, inform, impart knowledge or information," also "furnish with authoritative directions," from Latin instructus, past participle of instruere "arrange, prepare, set in order; inform, teach," literally "to build, erect," from in- "on" (from PIE root *en "in") + struere "to pile, build" (from PIE *streu-, extended form of root *stere- "to spread"). Related: Instructed; instructing.

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Definitions of instruct

instruct (v.)
impart skills or knowledge to;
He instructed me in building a boat
Synonyms: teach / learn
instruct (v.)
give instructions or directions for some task;
She instructed the students to work on their pronunciation
instruct (v.)
make aware of;
Synonyms: apprise / apprize
From wordnet.princeton.edu