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Definitions of instruct

(FORMAL) to teach someone something; to show someone how to do something

The school board will develop a course of study to instruct high school students on parental skills and child development.

(mainly BrE) when a client authorises a solicitor or barrister to act on his or her behalf; when a solicitor gives information about a case to a barrister to present in court

They had instructed a solicitor to pursue a negligence claim.

to formally tell someone what to do or what not to do

The jurors were instructed not to use a computer, cellular phone or other electronic device with communication capabilities.