instruction Definition

  • 1detailed information telling how something should be done, operated, or assembled
  • 2the act of teaching or providing knowledge

Using instruction: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "instruction" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The instruction manual was very helpful in assembling the furniture.

  • Example

    The teacher gave clear instructions on how to solve the math problem.

  • Example

    The company provides instruction on how to use their software.

  • Example

    I need some instruction on how to use this machine.

instruction Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for instruction

Idioms Using instruction

  • to tell someone to leave or dismiss them from a job or position


    After the incident, the manager gave the employee their marching orders.

  • to scold or reprimand someone severely


    The coach read the team the riot act after their poor performance.

  • follow someone's lead

    to do what someone else is doing or follow their example


    The rest of the team followed the captain's lead and started practicing harder.

Phrases with instruction

  • at someone's instruction

    following someone's orders or directions


    He acted at the instruction of his boss.

  • being taught or guided by someone


    The new employee is working under the instruction of the supervisor.

  • education or training in a particular subject or skill


    The school offers instruction in various languages.

Origins of instruction

from Latin 'instructio', meaning 'arrangement, direction'


Summary: instruction in Brief

The term 'instruction' [ɪnˈstrʌkʃ(ə)n] refers to detailed information on how to do something or the act of teaching. It can be seen in contexts such as manuals, teaching, and training, exemplified by 'The instruction manual was very helpful in assembling the furniture.' 'Instruction' extends into phrases like 'at someone's instruction,' indicating following orders, and idioms like 'give someone their marching orders,' meaning to dismiss someone from a job or position.

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