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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.
Origin of instill
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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  • Each morning the boys are whipped by their elders to instill toughness.
  • They would often circulate apocryphal stories of their might and cruelty in order to instill fear and confusion in their enemies.
  • We kind of wanted to instill the same reaction, and allow people to watch from anywhere and show it wherever they want.
  • There is no effort to instill sincerity and intensity of conviction.
  • Its easier to replace rotten leaders than to instill ethics in an entire nation.
  • We have loftier goals to pursue than trying to instill basic manners in a handful of ill-mannered students.
  • Those on the panel said it was also the president's role to instill a sense of balance on the leadership team.
  • Certainly a college education should instill curiosity.
  • But the survey method is no way to determine incidence or to instill virtue in the tempted.
  • Your job is to instill in them a sense of professionalism.
British Dictionary definitions for instill


verb (transitive) -stils, -stills, -stilling, -stilled
to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
(rare) to pour in or inject in drops
Derived Forms
instiller, noun
instilment, (US) instillment, instillation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin instillāre to pour in a drop at a time, from stillāre to drip
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Word Origin and History for instill

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.

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instill 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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