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Meaning of taught by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • ( UK ) enPR: tôt, IPA: /tɔːt/, X-SAMPA: /tO:t/
    • Rhymes: -ɔːt
    • ( US ) enPR: tôt, IPA: /tɔt/, X-SAMPA: /tOt/
    • ( cot–caught merger ) enPR: tät, IPA: /tɑt/, X-SAMPA: /tAt/
    • Homophone: taut, tort ( non-rhotic accents ), tot ( with cot-caught merger )

Definition of taught by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Taught a. See Taut. Totten.

  2. Taught, imp. & p. p. of Teach. [AS. imp. tǣhte, p. p. getǣht.] See Teach.

  3. Teach ( tēch ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Taught ( tat ); p. pr. & vb. n. Teaching.] [OE. techen, imp. taughte, tahte, AS. tǣcean, imp. tǣhte, to show, teach, akin to tācn token. See Token.]
    1. To impart the knowledge of; to give intelligence concerning; to impart, as knowledge before unknown, or rules for practice; to inculcate as true or important; to exhibit impressively; as, “to teach arithmetic, dancing, music, or the like; to teach morals.”

    If some men teach wicked things, it must be that others should practice them. South.

    2. To direct, as an instructor; to manage, as a preceptor; to guide the studies of; to instruct; to inform; to conduct through a course of studies; as, “to teach a child or a class”. “He taught his disciples.” Mark ix. 31.

    The village master taught his little school. Goldsmith.

    3. To accustom; to guide; to show; to admonish.

    I shall myself to herbs teach you. Chaucer.

    They have taught their tongue to speak lies. Jer. ix. 5.

    ☞ This verb is often used with two objects, one of the person, the other of the thing; as, “he taught me Latin grammar”. In the passive construction, either of these objects may be retained in the objective case, while the other becomes the subject; as, “I was taught Latin grammar by him; Latin grammar was taught me by him”.

    Syn. -- To instruct; inform; inculcate; tell; guide; counsel; admonish. See the Note under Learn.