The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Instruct \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
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.
Take her in; instruct her what she has to do.
Syn: To teach; educate; inform; train; discipline;
indoctrinate; direct; enjoin.