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in·struct / inˈstrəkt/ • v. 1. direct or command someone to do something, esp. as an official order: [tr.] she instructed him to wait | [with direct speech] “Look at me,” he instructed | I instructed that she be given hot, sweet tea. 2. [tr.] teach (someone) a subject or skill: he instructed them in the use of firearms | [tr.] instructing electors how to record their votes. 3. [tr.] Law give a person direction, information, or authorization, in particular: ∎  (of a judge) give information, esp. clarification of legal principles, to (a jury). ∎  inform (someone) of a fact or situation: the bank was instructed that the money from the savings account was now held by the company.

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