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instill

play
verb in·still \in-ˈstil\

Simple Definition of instill

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of instill

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to enter drop by drop <instill medication into the infected eye>

  3. 2 :  to impart gradually <instilling a love of learning in children>

instillation

play \ˌin(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən, -(ˌ)sti-\ noun

instiller

play \in-ˈsti-lər\ noun

instillment

play \-mənt\ noun

Examples of instill in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology 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

instill

play
verb in·still \in-ˈstil\

Definition of instill for Students

instilled

instilling

  1. :  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

instill

play
transitive verb in·still \in-ˈstil\

Medical Definition of instill

instilled

;

instilling

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





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