Teach v. t. [imp. & p. p. Taught p. pr. & vb. n. Teaching.]
1. To impart the knowledge of; to give intelligence concerning; to impart, as knowledge before unknown, or rules for practice; to inculcate as true or important; to exhibit impressively; as, to teach arithmetic, dancing, music, or the like; to teach morals.
If some men teach wicked things, it must be that others should practice them. --South.
2. To direct, as an instructor; to manage, as a preceptor; to guide the studies of; to instruct; to inform; to conduct through a course of studies; as, to teach a child or a class. “He taught his disciples.”
The village master taught his little school. --Goldsmith.
3. To accustom; to guide; to show; to admonish.
I shall myself to herbs teach you. --Chaucer.
They have taught their tongue to speak lies. --Jer. ix. 5.
Note: ☞ This verb is often used with two objects, one of the person, the other of the thing; as, he taught me Latin grammar. In the passive construction, either of these objects may be retained in the objective case, while the other becomes the subject; as, I was taught Latin grammar by him; Latin grammar was taught me by him.
Syn: -- To instruct; inform; inculcate; tell; guide; counsel; admonish. See the Note under Learn.
Teach·ing, n. The act or business of instructing; also, that which is taught; instruction.
Syn: -- Education; instruction; breeding. See Education.
n 1: the profession of a teacher; "he prepared for teaching while
still in college"; "pedagogy is recognized as an
important profession" [syn: instruction, pedagogy]
2: a doctrine that is taught; "the teachings of religion"; "he
believed all the Christian precepts" [syn: precept, commandment]
3: the activities of educating or instructing or teaching;
activities that impart knowledge or skill; "he received no
formal education"; "our instruction was carefully
programmed"; "good teaching is seldom rewarded" [syn: education,
instruction, pedagogy, educational activity]