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Definition of Instruction(s)

In the day to day life, Instructions can be understood as[1]:

  • an order/ command/ something that someone tells you to do:
    • When I was a child I was given instructions not to open the door to strangers.
    • The soldier received instructions to return to the base.
    • I received an envelope from the authorities, with the instruction to open the letter immediately.

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  • An advice/ information about how to do or use something:
    • The cooking book instructions say to fry it for two minutes on each side.
    • I found the Safety Instructions Card on the back of the chair in front of me
    • The doctor gave me instructions to take that pill only before going to bed.

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  • The act of teaching someone a particular subject/ skill:
    • This video provides instruction on how to operate the computer.
    • That course gives you the basic instruction in car repair.

In IT, Instructions mean a code that tells a computer how to do something: “Simple computer processors execute instructions one after the other.” [2]

[1] https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/instruction

[2] https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/instruction

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