Instruct vs Decree - What's the difference?

instruct | decree |

As verbs the difference between instruct and decree

is that instruct is (label) to teach by giving instructions while decree is to command by a decree.

As nouns the difference between instruct and decree

is that instruct is (label) instruction while decree is an edict or law.

As an adjective instruct

is (label) arranged; furnished; provided.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en verb)
  • (label) to teach by giving instructions
  • (label) to direct; to order (usage note : "instruct" is less forceful than "order", but weightier than "advise")
  • Synonyms

    * guide


    (en noun)
  • (label) instruction
  • Adjective

  • (label) arranged; furnished; provided
  • * Chapman
  • (label) instructed; taught; enlightened
  • (Milton)




    (en noun)
  • An edict or law.
  • * Bible, Luke ii. 1
  • There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Poor hand, why quiverest thou at this decree ?
  • (legal) The judicial decision in a litigated cause rendered by a court of equity.
  • (legal) The determination of a cause in a court of admiralty or court of probate.
  • Usage notes

    * It is accurate to use the word judgment' for a decision of a '''court of law''', and '''decree''' from a ' court of equity , although the former term now includes both.

    Derived terms

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  • To command by a decree.
  • A court decrees a restoration of property.
  • * Bible, Job xxii. 28
  • Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.