- in|struct [ınˈstrʌkt] v [T][Date: 1400-1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of instruere, from struere 'to build']1.) to officially tell someone what to do→↑order instruct sb to do sth▪ His secretary was instructed to cancel all his engagements.instruct (sb) that▪ The judge immediately instructed that Beattie be released.▪ Eva went straight to the hotel, as instructed (=as she had been told) .instruct sb what to do▪ He had instructed the slaves what to say when questioned.2.) formal to teach someone something, or show them how to do somethinginstruct sb in sth▪ Greater effort is needed to instruct children in road safety.instruct sb how to do sth▪ Employees are instructed how to make a complaint.3.) [usually passive] BrE formal to officially tell someone about somethinginstruct sb that▪ I was instructed that £20,000 had been paid into my account.4.) BrE law to employ a lawyer to represent you in court
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.