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[in-stil] /ɪnˈstɪl/
verb (used with object), instilled, instilling.


[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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  • She maintained that knowledge is nothing unless you know how to share it and instilled that into my beliefs and actions.
  • But the system has also instilled the idea that voting is a societal obligation.
  • My dad is an accountant, and he instilled a good work ethic in me.
British Dictionary definitions for instilled


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 instilled



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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instilled 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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