verb (used with object), instilled, instilling. Unabridged


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

instiller, noun
instillment, noun
preinstill, verb (used with object)

install, instill.

1. inculcate, introduce. Unabridged
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instil or instill (ɪnˈstɪl)
vb , -stils, -stills, -stilling, -stilled
1.  to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
2.  rare to pour in or inject in drops
[C16: from Latin instillāre to pour in a drop at a time, from stillāre to drip]
instill or instill
[C16: from Latin instillāre to pour in a drop at a time, from stillāre to drip]
in'stiller or instill
in'stilment or instill
in'stillment or instill
instil'lation or instill

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Word Origin & History

1533, "to introduce (feelings, etc.) little by little," from L. instillare "put in by drops," from instillare "to drop, trickle," in- "in" + stilla "a drop." (see distill).
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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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Example sentences
Your physical presence has been missed, but your values and zest for life are
  instilled within us.
His employees and staff have been inspired by him and will carry forward the
  excellence he instilled in all of us.
Further complicating the prospects for central control, the police who once
  instilled terror have melted away.
The quadratic equation may have instilled horror in many of us.
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