Definition of instruction in English:

instruction

noun

  • 1A direction or order.

    ‘he issued instructions to the sheriff’
    ‘he was acting on my instructions’
    • ‘What's worse, it is a policy instruction which comes directly from Ministers.’
    • ‘Maia's voice rang in her memory, issuing orders and instructions the morning before.’
    • ‘He issued his instructions but not with the clarity of old.’
    • ‘We have issued strict instructions to the area engineers to fill potholes as and when they are appear.’
    • ‘Jones had given explicit instructions to his charges to behave earlier this week.’
    • ‘He sings as if issuing instructions to a slow-witted housekeeper.’
    • ‘Finally the agent gives the woman the same instructions, ordering her to kill her husband.’
    • ‘Whether such an instruction qualifies the order to the bank or is directed to the payee is a question of fact.’
    • ‘There is a procedure in place, with a single authority which will issue instructions.’
    • ‘Stripped to his track suit bottoms in the exhausting heat, he shouts instructions to his young charges.’
    • ‘The cast of performers included three Korean boys who received their instructions through an interpreter.’
    • ‘The instructions issued by the Home Office say the asylum seekers will be expected to do unpaid work for up to 35 hours a week.’
    • ‘Some will, however, accept direct debit instructions to pay off all or the minimum each month.’
    • ‘When God asks Abraham to leave the land of his birth He gives the instructions in a curious order.’
    • ‘Air traffic control wondered why the aircraft turned in the opposite direction each time an instruction was given.’
    • ‘Communicate with the foreman - issuing instructions all over the place will cause problems.’
    • ‘The charges are conspiracy to violate a safety zone and failure to adhere to the Commander's instructions.’
    • ‘Somebody had, however, issued him with instructions to admit this photographer.’
    • ‘After putting on helmets and receiving instructions, we headed underground.’
    • ‘Strict instructions should be issued to bus crew, boat masters and the police to enforce the ban.’
    order, command, directive, direction, decree, edict, injunction, mandate, dictate, commandment, diktat, demand, bidding, requirement, stipulation, charge, ruling, pronouncement
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Law
      Directions to a solicitor or counsel, or to a jury.
      • ‘Equally, that is the proper time for his solicitors to receive such instructions.’
      • ‘She does not say what particular instructions the solicitors received.’
      • ‘This was not a basis for excluding her evidence and the trial judge gave correct instructions to the jury on this point.’
      • ‘I will not read out that first paragraph on page 295 which is the judge's instructions to the jury.’
      • ‘I read that in the papers somewhere that the trial judge actually gave some instructions to the jury about the role of the foreman.’
    2. 1.2Computing
      A code in a program which defines and carries out an operation.
      • ‘He found some of that useful redundancy in the instructions that tell the computer to add or subtract.’
      • ‘Clock speed will show the number of instructions that a computer can execute in a second.’
      • ‘A macro is set of keystrokes or instructions which are assigned to a short key.’
      • ‘Virtual memory uses an MMU to convert the virtual addresses that are used by program instructions to physical locations.’
      • ‘Properly crafted computer instructions appended to the text will then be executed by the machine, giving hackers a way in.’
  • 2Detailed information about how something should be done or operated.

    ‘always study the instructions supplied’
    • ‘Hal gave me detailed instructions how to find it in pre-dawn, following paint marks on the woods-road.’
    • ‘Separate assembly instructions and illustrations then keep you working in an organized fashion.’
    • ‘A succession of boxes with illustrations are accompanied by detailed instructions on how to work out the sums.’
    • ‘She could read simple instructions but more complicated information was still beyond her.’
    • ‘I already had the wooden heads from my cosmetology course, and had ordered a kit and instructions for wig making on line.’
    • ‘I think I might need to study the instructions again in more detail!’
    • ‘As well as detailed, door-to-door instructions, it provides users with a range of additional services.’
    • ‘Detailed instructions on slaughter technique were not made available until late March.’
    • ‘The tool includes questions to ask relatives and instructions for entering the information.’
    • ‘There is a growing library of books making it ‘fun’ for kids to invest and giving them detailed instructions on how to do so.’
    • ‘Detailed postoperative instructions were given, and the patient was sent home.’
    • ‘Before vanishing in 1822, he left coded instructions detailing the secret location of a fortune in gold.’
    • ‘It soon became apparent that the organisers had omitted one crucial piece of information from their instructions.’
    • ‘There are detailed instructions and safety tips provided in the Attachments Pack.’
    • ‘I am not going to give you detailed instructions, just a general idea you can follow and experiment with yourselves.’
    • ‘Each person was given detailed information and instructions on how to contribute to the study.’
    • ‘The exert is Imhotep giving the queen instructions to follow in order to let the wound heal properly.’
    • ‘USA Today published detailed instructions on how to treat a flag - it must never, ever touch the ground.’
    • ‘If only to save time, the menu at Atomic includes instructions for how to order a burrito.’
    directions, key, guide, recipe, specification
    View synonyms
  • 3[mass noun] Teaching; education.

    ‘instruction in the Roman Catholic faith’
    • ‘The teachers were asked to fill in the subject or activity and the medium of instruction for each period.’
    • ‘Each participant sat at a table across from the teacher when receiving instruction in the study.’
    • ‘The loss of parental preference does not mean that a child has no access to educational instruction either in school or otherwise.’
    • ‘The practical foundation of this policy has been the medium of instruction in primary schools.’
    • ‘During her instruction, a college class was observing her from a nearby college.’
    • ‘This is also the manner in which she handles the religious instruction and moral education classes entrusted to her.’
    • ‘When they reach middle school and high school, they will not have access to instruction in Spanish.’
    • ‘The primary focus of our teacher's reading instruction was phonics and reading fluency.’
    • ‘She can have the children come to her for instruction and teaching rather than having her go to them.’
    • ‘It is now the language of instruction in secondary education and in some universities.’
    • ‘That is to say, Taiwanese educators fail to give instruction in accordance with individual needs.’
    • ‘Full class instruction during school hours is a perfect way to introduce students to art sites.’
    • ‘The first day of instruction, the teacher asked students to summarize the problem in the video.’
    • ‘Bosco provided boys with education, religious instruction, and recreation.’
    • ‘In a clear and lucid way, he was able to offer instruction about drawing the human form.’
    • ‘Educators also spend less time in actual teaching or instruction than is specified in policy.’
    • ‘Policies to support student achievement are not restricted to curriculum and instruction.’
    • ‘Training and education should include instruction on how to prevent and respond to or manage fires.’
    • ‘Figure 1 is an example of how data are collected on ways teachers provide instruction.’
    • ‘The second model used Irish as the medium of instruction in schools either partially or fully.’
    teaching, tuition, coaching, tutoring, education, schooling, tutelage, pedagogy, andragogy
    View synonyms

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin instructio(n-), from the verb instruere (see instruct).

Pronunciation:

instruction

/ɪnˈstrʌkʃ(ə)n/