List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 393

SYNONYMS: teach, instruct, educate, train, school, discipline, drill.
These verbs mean to impart knowledge or skill.

Teach is the most widely applicable: teaching a child the alphabet; teaches political science. We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
Instruct usually suggests methodical teaching: A graduate student instructed the freshmen in the rudiments of music theory.
Educate often implies formal instruction but especially stresses the development of innate capacities that leads to wide cultivation: All educated Americans, first or last, go to Europe.
Train suggests concentration on particular skills intended to fit a person for a desired role: The young woman is being trained in a vocational school.
School often implies an arduous learning process: The violinist had been schooled to practice slowly to assure accurate intonation.
Discipline usually refers to the teaching of control, especially self-control: The writer has disciplined himself to work between breakfast and lunch every day.
Drill implies rigorous instruction or training, often by repetition of a routine: The French instructor drilled the students in irregular verbs.

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