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instill

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of instill

  1. to set permanently in the consciousness or mind-set a charismatic leader who instilled in his followers a passionate commitment to the cause Synonyms of instill breed, enroot, inculcate, infix, inseminate, implant, plant, sowWords Related to instill drive, hammer, pound; embed (also imbed), entrench (also intrench), fix, lodge, root; imbue, infuse, ingrain (also engrain), inoculate, invest, steep, suffuse

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


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