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instil

[in-stil] /ɪnˈstɪl/
verb (used with object), instilled, instilling.
1.

instill

[in-stil] /ɪnˈstɪl/
verb (used with object)
1.
to infuse slowly or gradually into the mind or feelings; insinuate; inject:
to instill courtesy in a child.
2.
to put in drop by drop.
Origin of instill
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin instillāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + stillāre to drip; see distill
Related forms
instiller, noun
instillment, noun
preinstill, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
install, instill.
Synonyms
1. inculcate, introduce.
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  • This was effectually done by instilling into the Scottish monarch antipathies never to be uprooted.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • But immediately God set me up by instilling a beam of hope within my soul, that He would soon deliver me out of my trouble.

    Some Jewish Witnesses For Christ Rev. A. Bernstein, B.D.
  • But the instilling of these things in military forces depends upon leadership understanding the nature of the relationship.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense
  • Victoria was in high spirits, and even succeeded in instilling a little cheerfulness into her uncle's sombre Court.

    Queen Victoria Lytton Strachey
  • Still another favorite idea was that British emissaries were in the midst of the people, instilling notions hostile to paper.

    Fiat Money Inflation in France Andrew Dickson White
  • It melts on the lips in fond kisses, instilling a delicate gluttony of life.

  • But he soon gave up the task of instilling the seasick lad with ambition or life.

    The Boy Scouts' Mountain Camp John Henry Goldfrap
British Dictionary definitions for instilling

instil

/ɪnˈstɪl/
verb (transitive) -stils, -stills, -stilling, -stilled
1.
to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
2.
(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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Word Origin and History for instilling

instill

v.

also instil, early 15c., "to introduce (liquid, feelings, etc.) little by little," from Latin instillare "put in by drops, to drop, trickle," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + stilla "a drop" (see distill). Related: Instilled; instilling.

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instilling in Medicine

instill in·still (ĭn-stĭl')
v. in·stilled, in·still·ing, in·stills
To pour in drop by drop.


in'stil·la'tion (ĭn'stə-lā'shən) n.
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