- 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 instills
Larson, as usual, instills gravitas and agency in an otherwise underwritten character.Brie Larson’s Hollywood Transformation
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Kevin trains as a boxer, a discipline that instills in him both confidence and calm.Teaching a Lesson to Bullies and Educators Alike
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The Virgo New Moon tomorrow instills in you a renewed love for routine.Your Week: What the Stars Predict
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Carr says he hopes Page One instills in its audience a renewed appreciation of newspapers and the valuable service they provide.David Carr Goes Hollywood in Page One
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But love gives strength; it instills hope and faith, and kindles anew the fires of life.The Social Significance of the Modern Drama
She instills in the nervous temperament a preference for the lymphatic; in the sanguine, a liking for the bilious constitution.The Physical Life of Woman:
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Word Origin and History for instills
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To pour in drop by drop.
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