- to infuse slowly or gradually into the mind or feelings; insinuate; inject: to instill courtesy in a child.
- to put in drop by drop.
Origin of instill
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1. inculcate, introduce.
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Examples from the Web for instill
Their playful exhibitions are often meant to be interactive and instill a childlike sense of joy in the viewer.New York City’s New Mystery Art Piece
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By working together on this capsule collection, we hope to instill a sense of power, confidence and beauty in women everywhere.‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Acknowledges 'GQ' Photoshop; Joseph Altuzarra Tapped as Next Target Collection Fashion Designer
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They instill a macho culture right from the start of childhood.Game of Thrones’ Sibel Kekilli Discusses Shae’s Treachery at the Trial of Tyrion Lannister
May 13, 2014
For me, this child epitomizes the value of early schooling, the way it can instill a love of learning.All Kids Want a Head Start
February 13, 2014
Just the words “airport” and “sushi” together are enough to instill fear in the seasoned flier.Delayed? The Best Airport Restaurants to Eat at This Thanksgiving
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It was not the purpose to instill the idea that this work was one of charity.The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages
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But the right way to do it is to instill the idea of collaboration.The Armed Forces Officer
U. S. Department of Defense
It was what he had been trying to instill ever since he had been made the captain of the team.Baseball Joe, Captain of the Team
This will hide your nakedness, instill in you a sense of true modesty.Do Unto Others
Jorden's heart ached with longing to instill some kind of joy into him.The Colonists
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Word Origin and History for instill
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To pour in drop by drop.
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