teach Definition

  • 1to give knowledge or instruction on a particular subject or skill to someone
  • 2to cause someone to learn or understand something by example or experience

Using teach: Examples

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

  • Example

    She teaches English at the university.

  • Example

    He taught me how to play chess.

  • Example

    The book teaches children about different animals.

  • Example

    Experience has taught me that honesty is the best policy.

teach Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for teach

Phrases with teach

  • to punish someone in order to make them realize that they have done something wrong


    The thief was caught and taught a lesson by the police.

  • to teach someone the basic skills and knowledge needed for a particular job or activity


    The new employee was taught the ropes by her supervisor.

  • to say that it is difficult to teach someone new skills or to change their habits or opinions when they are old


    My grandfather refuses to use a computer. You know what they say, you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Origins of teach

from Old English 'tǣcan', meaning 'to show, present, point out'


Summary: teach in Brief

The verb 'teach' [tiːtʃ] means to impart knowledge or understanding of a subject or skill to someone, either through direct instruction or by example. It is often used in the context of education, as in 'She teaches English at the university,' but can also refer to learning from experience, as in 'Experience has taught me that honesty is the best policy.' Common phrases include 'teach someone a lesson' and 'teach someone the ropes.'

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