verb in·still \in-ˈstil\

: to gradually cause someone to have (an attitude, feeling, etc.)

Full Definition of INSTILL

transitive verb
:  to cause to enter drop by drop <instill medication into the infected eye>
:  to impart gradually <instilling a love of learning in children>
in·stil·la·tion \ˌin(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən, -(ˌ)sti-\ noun
in·still·er \in-ˈsti-lər\ noun
in·still·ment \-mənt\ noun

Examples of INSTILL

  1. <a charismatic leader who instilled in his followers a passionate commitment to the cause>

Origin of INSTILL

Middle English, from Latin instillare, from in- + stillare to drip, from stilla drop
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of INSTILL

implant, inculcate, instill, inseminate, infix mean to introduce into the mind. implant implies teaching that makes for permanence of what is taught <implanted a love of reading in her students>. inculcate implies persistent or repeated efforts to impress on the mind <tried to inculcate in him high moral standards>. instill stresses gradual, gentle imparting of knowledge over a long period of time <instill traditional values in your children>. inseminate applies to a sowing of ideas in many minds so that they spread through a class or nation <inseminated an unquestioning faith in technology>. infix stresses firmly inculcating a habit of thought <infixed a chronic cynicism>.
INSTILL Defined for Kids


verb in·still \in-ˈstil\

Definition of INSTILL for Kids

:  to put into the mind little by little <Patience with the ways of nature had been instilled in her by her father. — Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves>
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb in·still \in-ˈstil\

Medical Definition of INSTILL

:  to cause to enter especially drop by drop <instill medication into the infected eye>


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