Meaning of INSTRUCTION in English


/ ɪnˈstrʌkʃn; NAmE / noun , adjective

■ noun


instructions [ pl. ] instruction (on how to do sth) detailed information on how to do or use sth

SYN directions :

Follow the instructions on the packet carefully.

The plant comes with full instructions on how to care for it.

Always read the instructions before you start.


[ C , usually pl. ] instruction (to do sth) | instruction (that ... ) something that sb tells you to do

SYN order :

to ignore / carry out sb's instructions

I'm under instructions to keep my speech short.


[ C ] a piece of information that tells a computer to perform a particular operation.


[ U ] instruction (in sth) ( formal ) the act of teaching sth to sb :

religious instruction

■ adjective

[ only before noun ] giving detailed information on how to do or use sth (= giving instructions) :

an instruction book / manual



late Middle English : via Old French from late Latin instructio(n-) , from the verb instruere , from in- upon, towards + struere pile up.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.