Instruct and Show


Show Definitions
Instruct verb – To cause to acquire knowledge or skill in some field.
Usage example: spent his military career instructing young pilots

Show is a synonym for instruct. In some cases you can use "Show" instead a verb "Instruct".
Nearby Words: instruction, instructor, instructive, instructing
Synonyms for Instruct


Show Definitions
Show verb – To give advice and instruction to (someone) regarding the course or process to be followed.
Usage example: showed me how to play the guitar

Instruct is a synonym for show in demonstrate topic. Sometimes you can use "Instruct" instead a verb "Show", if it concerns topics such as passively exhibit something.
Nearby Words: showy, showed, showing, showcase, shown
Synonyms for Show

Common collocations

someone instruct someone show someone
audience instruct audience show audience
everyone instruct everyone show everyone

Both words in one sentence

  • The whole premise of the show is that Eli's brain tumor means that he's a prophet and that his hallucinations are visions sent from God to instruct him.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling He seems to love them — as much as Artemis can show love, at least — but they do make him feel a little frustrated when he's trying to instruct the three-year-olds in modern languages, and they seem more interested in worms and calling each other "simple-toon."
  • Film / Showtime The show's producer Chase Renzi (Rene Russo) also hires William Shatner to instruct the duo on how to behave like TV cops thanks to his experience playing T.J. Hooker.The reluctant partners are investigating a new weapon that has shown up on the streets.
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