in·struct vt: to provide (a jury) with explanation and directions regarding the law applicable to a case
the judge instruct ed the jury that the plaintiff bears the burden of proof
the jury was instruct ed to ignore the attorney's comments
vi: to give instructions to a jury
the trial judge refused to instruct on manslaughter — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (direct) verb advise, advocate, bid, brief, call upon, charge, coach, command, compel, counsel, decree, demand, dictate, enact, exact, give a directive, give a mandate, give an order, give authoritative instructions to, give the signal, give the word, give the word of command, guide, impose a duty, impose a task, issue a command, issue a decree, issue an order, lay down the law, make a decree, make an order, mandare, order, pass orders, praecipere, praescribere, prescribe, prescribe a task, prompt, promulgate a decree, promulgate an order, recommend, require, send an order, suggest, tell associated concepts: instruct the jury II (teach) verb acquaint, comment upon, convey information, direct one's attention, docere, edify, educate, elucidate, enlighten, erudire, explain, expound, familiarize, fill with information, give by way of information, give lessons in, give to understand, guide, guide the studies of, illumine, impart, implant, impress upon the memory, impress upon the mind, inculcate, indoctrinate, inform, instill, instituere, lecture, make known, point out, prepare, present, prime, provide with information, put before, qualify, school, show, train, tutor III index admonish (advise), apprise, charge (instruct on the law), command, communicate, control (regulate), convey (communicate), counsel, decree, demonstrate (establish), dictate, direct (order), direct (show), disabuse, discipline (train), edify, educate, enjoin, enlighten, exhort, impart, inculcate, inform (notify), initiate, instill, notice (give formal warning), notify, nurture, order, oversee, prescribe, recommend, signify (inform), superintend

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To teach; to provide information about something; to direct or command.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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