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[in-stil] /ɪnˈstɪl/
verb (used with object)
to infuse slowly or gradually into the mind or feelings; insinuate; inject:
to instill courtesy in a child.
to put in drop by drop.
1525-35; < Latin instillāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + stillāre to drip; see distill
Related forms
instiller, noun
instillment, noun
preinstill, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
install, instill.
1. inculcate, introduce. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for instills
  • It's someone that uses and instills fear to get what he wants.
  • The part that instills in them a sense of consequence for actions they take.
  • And it's not only a joy to hear, it inspires new ideas and instills confidence in your playing.
  • He obliterates laziness from the chefs' repertoires, and instills focus and composure over a burning stove.
  • Corporal punishment instills fear rather than understanding.
  • None of this instills much confidence in the claim that the new brain science is about to revolutionize parenting and childcare.
  • One of the main attributes that a college education instills is a sense of responsibility.
  • Eating dinner as a family instills the importance of good nutrition in our children.
  • It creates uncertainty, instills fear, and can completely disrupt lives.
  • Often compared to a military boot camp, the recruit school environment instills discipline, commitment and excellence.
Word Origin and History for instills



also instil, early 15c., "to introduce (liquid, feelings, etc.) little by little," from Latin instillare "put in by drops, to drop, trickle," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + stilla "a drop" (see distill). Related: Instilled; instilling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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instills in Medicine

instill in·still (ĭn-stĭl')
v. in·stilled, in·still·ing, in·stills
To pour in drop by drop.

in'stil·la'tion (ĭn'stə-lā'shən) n.
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