instruct-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: direct to a task

He instructed them to bring along sunscreen and plenty of water.
The lawyer instructed him to say nothing.
The clerk did as she was instructed.
He instructed his daughter to lie to the police.

VerbNet: advise-37.9-1
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: instruct.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 2: teach or inform

He instructed hundreds of students in these subjects until 1996.
School personnel should be instructed about the location of the medication.
He instructed the terrorists how to avoid our financial surveillance.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Education_teaching
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3