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Definition of instruction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    instruction

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈstrʌkʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈstrʌkʃn//
     
    Computer programming
     
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  1. 1  instructions [plural] detailed information on how to do or use something synonym direction Follow the instructions on the packet carefully. Always read the instructions before you start. instruction on how to do something The plant comes with full instructions on how to care for it.
  2. 2  [countable, usually plural] instruction (to do something) | instruction (that…) something that somebody tells you to do synonym order to ignore/carry out somebody’s instructions I'm under instructions to keep my speech short. He phoned you on my instructions. He left strict instructions that the box should only be opened after his death.
  3. 3[countable] a piece of information that tells a computer to perform a particular operation. See related entries: Computer programming
  4. 4[uncountable] instruction (in something) (formal) the act of teaching something to somebody religious instruction driver under instruction (= being taught how to drive)
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin instructio(n-), from the verb instruere, from in- ‘upon, towards’ + struere ‘pile up’.Extra examples Did it come with any instructions about assembling it? Failure to obey a policeman’s instructions may amount to an offence. He claimed that he was not capable of giving instruction in poetry. He gave her detailed instructions on the procedure to be followed. He remained under cover and waited for further instructions from headquarters. He takes instruction very well. He was disqualified for failing to comply with the referee’s instructions. I had to refer to the instruction booklet. I have strict instructions not to let anyone else in. It tells you in the instructions not to let the machine get too hot. Just follow our simple step-by-step instructions. Lawyers may not accept instructions in cases where they would have a conflict of interests. Microwave ovens should be serviced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. She had no formal instruction in music. She is acting under direct instructions from the president. She was released on instruction from the Foreign Ministry. Step-by-step instructions are included. The Cleveland Clog Dancers were on hand to offer instruction on the important steps. The chip runs at speeds of up to 100MHz and executes two instructions per clock cycle. The director sat in his chair barking instructions at the cast. The government has issued specific instructions on reducing waste disposal. The information is for the instruction of passengers. The jockey followed his trainer’s instructions to the letter. The medium of instruction throughout the course is English. The organizer will give instructions as to what to do. The two-day course features instruction by leading professionals and academics. There are instructions that tell you where everything goes. These fondant decorations are easy to master if you follow our simple step-by-step instructions. They were not empowered to negotiate without instructions. Under Charlemagne’s instructions, many classical texts were recopied. We acted according to the instructions we received. You can often get free instruction at your local community college. You should always read the instructions on medicines thoroughly. an instruction to Lieutenant-General Gough from General Clark basic instruction on using the Internet drivers under instruction follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use instructions on how to use the photocopier instructions supplied with a product the benefits of native language instruction I’m under instructions to keep my speech short. Individual instruction is available, but it can be expensive. Religious instruction is banned in all state schools in the country. She called you on my instructions. She carried out his instructions to the letter. The medium of instruction in these classes is English. Trained lifeguards were on hand to offer instruction.
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