instill

verb
in·​still | \ in-ˈstil \
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 , -​(ˌ)sti-​ \ noun
instiller \ in-​ˈsti-​lər \ noun
instillment \ in-​ˈstil-​mənt \ noun

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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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Lesson 5: anecdotes that instill fear of outsiders are much, much stickier than facts and figures Our brains are built to be vigilant. Brian Resnick, Vox, "8 lessons from psychology that explain Trump’s caravan fearmongering," 2 Nov. 2018 However, Daugaard said, the contract’s framework undermines the intentions of the consent decree and its overall goal of instilling public confidence. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Federal judge questions whether Seattle police-union contract in keeping with ‘spirit’ of reforms," 5 Nov. 2018 The Lebanese government has criticized the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which provides services for refugees in informal settlements in Lebanon, for instilling fear in the refugees of returning to Syria. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Refugees Become Pawns in Syria’s Bid for Foreign Aid," 27 July 2018 However, the former Empoli boss has garnered plaudits from across the world of football for instilling one of the most attractive brands of football in Europe today. SI.com, "Napoli President Reveals He Will Meet Maurizio Sarri Next Week to Discuss Future Amid Chelsea Links," 10 May 2018 The fear of being burned alive made them a potent psychological weapon too, capable of instilling terror in enemy combatants. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Elon Musk thrusts civilian flamethrowers into the spotlight," 23 Mar. 2018 Democrats’ qualified victory on Tuesday — giving Democrats control of the House but expanding the Republican hold on the Senate — might instill that sense in Trump. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Trump has eroded important democratic institutions. Will Democratic wins change that?," 8 Nov. 2018 At the Pentagon, Mattis has also set a goal of instilling budget discipline and cutting waste. Dan Lamothe, The Seattle Times, "Mattis’ goals teeter as he works to temper Trump," 15 Oct. 2018 Shutterstock There are a plethora of reasons to travel with kids; travel teaches young children to be flexible, can help instill a love of adventure, and exposes families to new cultures. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 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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The first known use of instill was in the 15th century

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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 \
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 \
instilled; instilling

Medical Definition of instill

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

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