- 1 [intransitive, transitive] to give lessons to students in a school, college, university, etc.; to help someone learn something by giving information about it She teaches at our local high school. He taught for several years before becoming a writer. teach something I'll be teaching history and sociology next semester. to teach school (= teach in a school) teach something to somebody He teaches English to advanced students. teach somebody something He teaches them English.
- 2[transitive] to show someone how to do something so that they will be able to do it themselves teach (somebody to do) something Could you teach me to do that? teach somebody how, what, etc… My father taught me how to ride a bike.
- 3[transitive] to make someone feel or think in a different way teach somebody to do something She taught me to be less critical of other people. teach (somebody) that… My parents taught me that honesty was always the best policy. teach somebody something Our experience as refugees taught us many valuable lessons.
- 4 [transitive, no passive] (informal) to persuade someone not to do something again by making them suffer so much that they are afraid to do it teach somebody to do something Lost all your money?That'll teach you to gamble. I'll teach you to call (= punish you for calling) me a liar! teach somebody something The accident taught me a lessonI'll never forget. Idioms
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NAmE//titʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they teach
he / she / it teaches
past simple taught
-ing form teaching
(you cannot) successfully make people change their ideas, methods of work, etc., when they have had them for a long time
(you can't) teach an old dog new tricks(saying)jump to other results