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instil

[in-stil] /ɪnˈstɪl/
verb (used with object), instilled, instilling.
1.

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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British Dictionary definitions for instilled

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 instilled

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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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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