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instil

[ in-stil ]
/ ɪnˈstɪl /
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verb (used with object), in·stilled, in·stil·ling.
Chiefly British. a variant of instill.
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British Dictionary definitions for instil

instil

US instill

/ (ɪnˈstɪl) /

verb -stils, -stills, -stilling or -stilled (tr)
to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
rare to pour in or inject in drops

Derived forms of instil

instiller, nouninstilment, US instillment or instillation, noun

Word Origin for instil

C16: from Latin instillāre to pour in a drop at a time, from stillāre to drip
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