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instill

[in-stil] /ɪnˈstɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to infuse slowly or gradually into the mind or feelings; insinuate; inject:
to instill courtesy in a child.
2.
to put in drop by drop.
Origin
1525-1535
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.
Synonyms
1. inculcate, introduce.
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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

instil

/ɪnˈstɪl/
verb (transitive) -stils, -stills, -stilling, -stilled
1.
to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
2.
(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
v.

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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