verb \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

Related to INSTILL

breed, enroot, inculcate, infix, inseminate, implant, plant, sow
See Synonym Discussion at implant


transitive verb \in-ˈstil\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INSTILL

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


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