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adjective as in instructed

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Example Sentences

Boys are taught early in life to devalue care, to be hyper-competitive, super-achieving men.

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Brother Victor had taught my brother, Jeff, the previous year with far greater success.

“What Miss Couple has taught me is how deep and meaningful a BDSM relationship can be,” he said.

Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.

All the ordinary subjects in schools have been taught over and over again millions and millions of times.

And all over the world each language would be taught with the same accent and quantities and idioms—a very desirable thing indeed.

Chemistry has taught us that nicotine is only one among many principles which are contained in the plant.

But where there is no existing relation between the words or ideas, it is a case for Synthesis, to be taught hereafter.

Three short years had not taught her how to bear sorrow with full knowledge.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for taught?

Taught is the past tense of teach. Synonyms of taught include the past tense forms of the synonyms of teach, including instructed and educated.

Other terms are a bit more specific. Schooled often means formally taught at a specific school or learning institution, but it can also be applied to situations in which a person was instructed in a specific field, especially by a specified person or group, as in I was schooled in the art of fly-fishing by my uncle.

Trained implies that a person was taught how to do a specific task, especially a specific job, but it can also be used more generally.

Coached is most commonly used in the context of athletics, but it can be used in others. When used outside of sports, it often implies that the instruction was provided along with advice. In the context of education, coached is usually used in situations that involve a student having been prepared by someone for general aspects of academics (such as studying or taking tests), as opposed to being taught specific material. For example: My tutor coached me on how to approach each essay question.

Taught is used in the terms well-taught and self-taught.

What is another word for self-taught?

A synonym for self-taught is self-educated, but self-taught is more commonly used.

A very formal word for someone who is considered self-taught is autodidact. Its adjective form, autodidactic, is typically applied to learning processes (as opposed to people).

What is the opposite (antonym) of taught?

The word taught is often used when contrasting skills, talents, and abilities that can be learned or acquired (such as through being taught, studying, and practicing) with those that, according to some, simply must come naturally to a person.

Words that contrast with learned abilities include natural and innate, as in innate skill and natural talent.

Similar words are inherent and inborn, both of which are often a way of saying that a person was born with an ability (as opposed to having been taught it).

What is the difference between innate and taught?

Innate and taught are often used as opposites, especially in the context of skills, talents, and abilities. Taught (or perhaps more often learned) suggests that the skill or ability was acquired due to study, while innate implies that a person can do it naturally—that they were simply born with the ability.

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On this page you'll find 19 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to taught, such as: coached, directed, educated, informed, learned, and trained.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.