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  • IPA(key): /ti?t??/
  • Rhymes: -i?t?

Etymology 1

From Middle English techen, from Old English t??an (to show, declare, demonstrate; teach, instruct, train; assign, prescribe, direct; warn; persuade), from Proto-West Germanic *taikijan, from Proto-Germanic *taikijan? (to show), from Proto-Indo-European *dey?- (to show). Cognate with Scots tech, teich (to teach), German zeigen (to show, point out), zeihen (accuse, blame), Gothic ???????????????????????????????? (gateihan, to announce, declare, tell, show, display), Latin d?c? (speak, say, tell), Ancient Greek ???????? (deíknumi, show, point out, explain, teach). More at token.


teach (third-person singular simple present teaches, present participle teaching, simple past and past participle taught)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To show (someone) the way; to guide, conduct; to point, indicate.
    • c1450, Mandeville's Travels?
      Blessed God of might (the) most.. teach us the right way unto that bliss that lasteth aye.
    • c1460, Cursor Mundi?
      Till thy sweet sun uprose, thou keptest all our lay, how we should keep our belief there taught'st thou us the way.
  2. (ditransitive) To pass on knowledge to.
    Synonyms: educate, instruct
  3. (intransitive) To pass on knowledge, especially as one's profession; to act as a teacher.
    Antonym: learn
  4. (ditransitive) To cause to learn or understand.
  5. (ditransitive) To cause to know the disagreeable consequences of some action.
Derived terms


  • The Middle English Dictionary
  • NED

Etymology 2

Clipping of teacher


teach (plural teaches)

  1. (informal, usually as a term of address) teacher


  • 'tache, Tache, Taché, Tâche, chate, cheat, he-cat, tache, theca


Alternative forms

  • tigh dative; has replaced the nominative in Munster Irish
  • toigh (Ulster) dative; replaced the nominative in East Ulster.


From Old Irish tech, from Proto-Celtic *tegos, from Proto-Indo-European *tegos (cover, roof).


  • IPA(key): /t?ax/
  • (Cois Fharraige) IPA(key): /t?æ?x/


teach m (genitive singular , nominative plural tithe)

  1. house


  • Alternative genitive singular: tighe, toighe
  • Alternative dative singular: toigh
  • Alternative plural: tithí (Ulster)

Derived terms


Further reading

  • "teach" in Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla, An Gúm, 1977, by Niall Ó Dónaill.
  • “tea?” in Foclóir Gae?ilge agus Béarla, Irish Texts Society, 1st ed., 1904, by Patrick S. Dinneen, page 724.
  • Gregory Toner, Maire Ní Mhaonaigh, Sharon Arbuthnot, Dagmar Wodtko, Maire-Luise Theuerkauf, editors (2019) , “tech, teg”, in eDIL: Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language
  • Entries containing “teach” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “teach” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.



From Middle English techen, from Old English t??an, from Proto-West Germanic *taikijan.


teach (simple past teigkt or teight)

  1. to hand or give


  • Jacob Poole (1867) , William Barnes, editor, A glossary, with some pieces of verse, of the old dialect of the English colony in the baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, J. Russell Smith, ?ISBN

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teach in Examples From Wordnik

  • Fellow-students, neighbors, and citizens teach by precept and by example; and especially do _school-houses teach_.
  • You must teach, _teach_, TEACH these black hounds to know they are men, not brutes! "
  • One meaning of the word teach is the concept of indoctrinate or train. and the other part is to provide information.
  • And what the Senate did and Senator Brownback described is they encouraged what we call teach the controversy at Discovery Institute, and that just means teach the controversy over Darwin's theory of evolution specifically, the evidence for and against it, but don't require teaching intelligent design.
  • I use the term teach advisedly, because it is often quite helpful for synopsis writers to think of the task as producing a course overview for the lesson that is the book’s content: how will this book help readers, and what kind of readers will it help?
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  • The only thing schools teach is how to be subservient under a “one world government”.
  • “What experience and history teach is this - that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.”
  • … Some of what we teach is going to be applicable in combination with other fields.
  • However, you do need to take a teaching course TEFL CELTA or a pedagogical course somewhere. how to teach is the most important factor. maestra




From Middle English whisperen, from Old English hwisprian (to mutter, murmur, whisper), fromProto-Germanic *hwispr?n? (to hiss, whistle, whisper), from Proto-Indo-European *?weys-, *?wey- (to hiss, whistle, whisper). Cognate with Dutch wisperen (to whisper), German Low German wispeln (to whisper), German wispern (to mumble, whisper). Related also to Danish hviske (to whisper), Swedish viska (to whisper), Norwegian hviske (to whisper), Icelandic hvískra and hvísla (to whisper). More at English whistle.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /?(h)w?sp?/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /?(h)w?sp?/
  • Rhymes: -?sp?(?)


whisper (plural whispers)

  1. The act of speaking in a quiet voice, especially, without vibration of the vocal cords.
    I spoke in a near whisper
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island:
      "Now, look here, Jim Hawkins," he said, in a steady whisper, that was no more than audible.
  2. (usually in the plural) A rumor.
    There are whispers of rebellion all around.
  3. (figuratively) A faint trace or hint (of something).
    The soup had just a whisper of basil.
  4. A low rustling sound, like that of the wind in leaves.
  5. (Internet) A private message to an individual in a chat room.
    • 2002, Ralph Schroeder, The Social Life of Avatars (page 218)
      The invisibility of private interactions in the form of whispers resolved an ethical concern in the research but reduced our ability to gauge the volume of interaction []
    • 2004, Caroline A. Haythornthwaite, Michelle M. Kazmer, Learning, Culture and Community in Online Education (page 179)
      Anyone logged in to the chat room can click on an individual name, highlighting it, and send a message — a whisper — that will be seen only by the selected person.

Derived terms

  • stage whisper
  • whisper campaign
  • whisperous
  • whispersome
  • whispery



whisper (third-person singular simple present whispers, present participle whispering, simple past and past participle whispered)

  1. (intransitive) To speak softly, or under the breath, so as to be heard only by one near at hand; to utter words without sonant breath; to talk without that vibration in the larynx which gives sonorous, or vocal, sound.
  2. (transitive) To mention privately and confidentially, or in a whisper.
    • 1692, Richard Bentley, A Confutation of Atheism
      They might buzz and whisper it one to another.
  3. (intransitive) To make a low, sibilant sound.
    • the hollow, whispering breeze
  4. (intransitive) To speak with suspicion or timorous caution; to converse in whispers, as in secret plotting.
    • All that hate me whisper together against me.
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To address in a whisper, or low voice.
    • where gentlest breezes whisper souls distressed
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To prompt secretly or cautiously; to inform privately.

Derived terms

  • whisperer


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whisper in Examples From Wordnik

  • At last, there came a little rustling, whispering sound, all round the window: _rustle, whisper, whisper_.
  • You just have to/* whisper ... whisper ... whisper*/
  • The urge to spend is strong, especially with what I call the "whisper crew" -- friends, relatives, hangers-on, etc. -- surrounding them.
  • Not a whisper from the right on the fiscal madness of that or actually Cutting Taxes irresponsibly while troops suffered in the field for lack of good armor protection.
  • So I left Benicia, where John Barleycorn had nearly got me, and ranged wider afield in pursuit of the whisper from the back of life to come and find.
  • The Hotel Montana in Port Au Prince collapsed into a mess of masonry with nary a whisper from the pile.
  • Unions and Democrats are routinely found, again and again, to be embezzling massive amounts of money, with barely a whisper from the media.
  • After offering it for about $17 million without success in what is called a "whisper listing," he officially listed the apartment for $14.85 million in January 2009.
  • The Hotel Montana in Port Au Prince collapsed into a mess of masonry with nary a whisper from the pile.
  • My whisper is not simply a direct message sent to everyone; that would defeat the point.

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