instill

verb
in·​still | \ in-ˈstil How to pronounce instill (audio) \
instilled; instilling; instills

Definition of instill

transitive verb

1 : to cause to enter drop by drop instill medication into the infected eye
2 : to impart gradually instilling a love of learning in children

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Other Words from instill

instillation \ ˌin(t)-​stə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce instillation (audio) , -​(ˌ)sti-​ \ noun
instiller \ in-​ˈsti-​lər How to pronounce instiller (audio) \ noun
instillment \ in-​ˈstil-​mənt How to pronounce instillment (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of instill in a Sentence

a charismatic leader who instilled in his followers a passionate commitment to the cause

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Efforts by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to instill calm into a jittery market appeared to have little impact. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bond Prices Rise as Stocks Fall," 24 Dec. 2018 Following Epiphanius' death, the church took a series of measures aimed at instilling discipline into monastic life. Fox News, "Egypt prosecutors order ex-monk detained over abbot death," 11 Aug. 2018 The honorees, who largely support the arts as Marie Antoinette once did, also are dedicated to instilling passion into the next generation of artists. Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, "Ars Lyrica Houston celebrates female contributions to society," 16 May 2018 Thus, a gene meant to instill frost tolerance into, say, spinach, might come from a fish that lives in icy waters. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, "Are G.M.O. Foods Safe?," 23 Apr. 2018 The best possible interpretation of Jacobs's story is that Kelly did instill some discipline into the West Wing and cut off Wolff's easy access. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "The details of how Michael Wolff penetrated the White House are the most damning of all," 17 Jan. 2018 Further, this reform would maintain judicial independence, but instill regularity to the nominations process, discourage Justices from choosing a retirement date based on politics, and will stop the ever-increasing tenure of Justices. Ezra Klein, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the case for 18-year Supreme Court terms," 26 Dec. 2018 The Navajo language has no military terminology, and most of the code developed was new and instilled with military meaning. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, "Navajo Code Talkers created an unbreakable code. It helped win World War II," 11 July 2018 McGrath was born in Northampton, England to a Jamaican single mother named Jean, who adored makeup and instilled a love of cosmetics into her daughter. Baze Mpinja, Allure, "Why Self-Made Boss Pat McGrath Is an Invaluable Asset to the Beauty World," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of instill

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for instill

Middle English, from Latin instillare, from in- + stillare to drip, from stilla drop

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instill

verb

English Language Learners Definition of instill

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

instill

verb
in·​still | \ in-ˈstil How to pronounce instill (audio) \
instilled; instilling

Kids Definition of instill

: 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

instill

transitive verb
in·​still | \ in-ˈstil How to pronounce instill (audio) \
instilled; instilling

Medical Definition of instill

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

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