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How does the verb implant differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of implant are inculcate, infix, inseminate, and instill. While all these words 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

When is inculcate a more appropriate choice than implant?

The meanings of inculcate and implant largely overlap; however, inculcate implies persistent or repeated efforts to impress on the mind.

tried to inculcate in him high moral standards

When would infix be a good substitute for implant?

Although the words infix and implant have much in common, infix stresses firmly inculcating a habit of thought.

infixed a chronic cynicism

When is it sensible to use inseminate instead of implant?

The synonyms inseminate and implant are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

When might instill be a better fit than implant?

In some situations, the words instill and implant are roughly equivalent. However, instill stresses gradual, gentle imparting of knowledge over a long period of time.

instill traditional values in your children

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“Implant.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/implant. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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