- 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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Related Words for instilledinspire, engender, disseminate, inculcate, inject, impart, diffuse, imbue, program, impregnate, suffuse, insert, interject, indoctrinate, inseminate, impress, brainwash, insinuate, intermix, propagandize
Examples from the Web for instilled
Contemporary Examples of instilled
The strong ties he would cultivate with America were first instilled by his American mother.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
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
October 27, 2014
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
July 2, 2014
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
May 24, 2014
“This Congress has not instilled a helluva lot of confidence in the party,” says longtime consultant Mark Corallo.The Governors Who Could Beat Christie
November 8, 2013
Historical Examples of instilled
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
Jens Christian Aaberg
Demagogues had not instilled in the minds of the ignorant that to be governed was to be oppressed.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
- to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
- rare to pour in or inject in drops
Word Origin for instil
- To pour in drop by drop.