- 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 instilled
The strong ties he would cultivate with America were first instilled by his American mother.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
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If confidence and strength were instilled in her at a young age, glamour was something she pursued.Diane von Furstenberg: How I Learned to Love My Wrap Dress
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Chaz had instilled a will in him to live before and brought him back from the brink numerous times.‘Life Itself’: A Fitting, Heartrending Tribute to Cinema’s Great Appreciator Roger Ebert
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In being gutted by a linoleum knife, that dark image that Hannibal had instilled in him had been freed.Hugh Dancy on ‘Hannibal’s’ Brilliantly Batsh*t Finale and the Future of Will Graham
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“This Congress has not instilled a helluva lot of confidence in the party,” says longtime consultant Mark Corallo.The Governors Who Could Beat Christie
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It was she who had instilled some ambition into him, and he esteemed her the more for it.
Some poison must have been instilled into his veins; he could not recognize himself.
The tenderness, the devotedness of his mother had instilled into him an egotism that was ferocious.Therese Raquin
Orthodoxy had instilled a formal, but often spiritless faith.Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
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Demagogues had not instilled in the minds of the ignorant that to be governed was to be oppressed.Watch Yourself Go By
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- to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
- rare to pour in or inject in drops
C16: from Latin instillāre to pour in a drop at a time, from stillāre to drip
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Word Origin and History for instilled
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To pour in drop by drop.
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