We were instructed to tell no one where we were going.
Advanced English Dictionary
+verb 1 (formal) to tell sb to do sth, especially in a formal or official way: [VN to inf] The letter instructed him to report to headquarters immediately. +[VN wh-] You will be instructed where to go as soon as the plane is ready. +[VN] She arrived at 10 o'clock as instructed. +[V that] He instructed that a wall be built around the city. + (BrE also) He instructed that a wall should be built around the city. [also V speech, VN speech]- ORDER 2[VN] ~ sb (in sth) (formal) to teach sb sth, especially a practical skill: All our staff have been instructed in sign language. 3[VN that][usually passive] (formal) to give sb information about sth: We have been instructed that a decision will not be made before the end of the week. 4[VN, VN to inf] (law) to employ sb to represent you in a legal situation, especially as a lawyer
Collocation Dictionary verb
carefully | explicitly, specifically
You were explicitly instructed to wait here.
I took the pills as instructed.
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