In·struct v. t. [imp. & p. p. Instructed; p. pr. & vb. n. Instructing.]
1. To put in order; to form; to prepare. [Obs.]
They speak to the merits of a cause, after the proctor has prepared and instructed the same for a hearing. --Ayliffe.
2. To form by communication of knowledge; to inform the mind of; to impart knowledge or information to; to enlighten; to teach; to discipline.
Schoolmasters will I keep within my house,
Fit to instruct her youth. --Shak.
3. To furnish with directions; to advise; to direct; to command; as, the judge instructs the jury.
She, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger. --Matt. xiv. 8.
Take her in; instruct her what she has to do. --Shak.
Syn: -- To teach; educate; inform; train; discipline; indoctrinate; direct; enjoin.
adj : (all used chiefly with qualifiers `well' or `poorly' or
`un-') having received specific instruction;
"unschooled ruffians"; "well tutored applicants" [syn:
schooled, taught, tutored]