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What may be the opposite word of teach?

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I think an antonym or the opposite of "teach" is "indoctrinate".

I'm thinking of the negative connotation of this word. One dictionary definition of indoctrinate is:

          To imbue with a partisan or ideological point of view

In essence, there is no teaching here, in the sense that teacher and student bounce ideas, concepts, opinions, and such off of each other. Indoctrination often dispenses with "give and take" between teacher and student. It is often someone trying to cram their beliefs down the throat of the recipient.

Great teaching allows for discussion, questioning, opposite viewpoints, and more. With this type of teaching, quality learning takes place.

 

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I like the idea of brainwash or may be condition. It is not the same thing to teach someone as just to make students regurgitate back what the teacher has said to them. 

Propagandize - what Hitler or Stalin did in Germany and Russia respectively (and in other countries that education is toyed with by government) is very different than teaching people. It is just delivering one-sided, subjective information as fact. 

I think I am thinking of this more philosophically as literally though. 

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I consulted a handful of online thesauruses, and the only antonym listed was "learn." Interestingly, "brainwash" was used as an example of a synonym. I don't really see where learning is an antonym, though. As teachers, most of us have a bit more nuanced and perhaps expanded definition of what "teaching" means.

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Most opposites are stark in contrast (think black and white/ night and day). Given that teach means to train or educate, nothing really exists as a contrast to the...

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The opposite of "teach" is "PowerPoint".

zumba96 | Student

The only things I thought of was ignore and teach. Ignore because if someone is trying to teach you something you pay full attention, but if someone is trying to ignore the teaching, it would be the opposite of what you are supposed to do. Learn because when you are learn you are teaching yourself but when you are teaching others are giving information to you

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acompanioninthetardis | Student

The opposite word of teach can be forget, manipulate, or force.

Yojana_Thapa | Student

Learn or Brainwash 

Teaching is giving knowledge and providing information. Learning and Brainwashing is the opposite of Teaching.

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Jyotsana | Student

Learn is the opposite of the word teach.