verb (used with object), in·stilled, in·stil·ling. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of instil

  • The sentiment they instil is of more value than any thought they may contain.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • A little while she stayed with me yet, and I sought to instil some measure of comfort into her soul.

  • His first object was to instil into those who were with him a wise spirit in their relation to the gods.

  • So they seize on the idea of equality, and proceed to instil it.

  • The great object was to instil into me a love of truth, and in this she was indefatigable.


    Frederick Marryat

British Dictionary definitions for instil


US instill

verb -stils, -stills, -stilling or -stilled (tr)

to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
rare to pour in or inject in drops
Derived Formsinstiller, 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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