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[in-stil] /ɪnˈstɪl/
verb (used with object), instilled, instilling.
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  • I will confess to you I have thought myself hitherto an abler master to instil vice than to teach virtue.

  • The great object was to instil into me a love of truth, and in this she was indefatigable.

    Valerie Frederick Marryat
  • We will give it a new will; we will instil into it the appetite for power, the need of mighty hopes.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • His first object was to instil into those who were with him a wise spirit in their relation to the gods.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • And such benefactors are they who instil good principles into those upon whom so many millions do depend.

  • So they seize on the idea of equality, and proceed to instil it.

  • Having warmed the fat of a squirrel in a strigil, instil it.

  • She must talk to Ron in private, and try to instil into him some of her own energy and enterprise.

    Big Game Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • The crafty Roman endeavored to instil the most odious thoughts into the mind of the Emperor.

    The Life of Philip Melanchthon Karl Friedrich Ledderhose
  • The seaman continued his efforts to instil warmth into the little frame.

    Shifting Winds R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for instil


verb (transitive) -stils, -stills, -stilling, -stilled
to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
(rare) to pour in or inject in drops
Derived Forms
instiller, noun
instilment, (US) instillment, instillation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin instillāre to pour in a drop at a time, from stillāre to drip
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