Chiefly British. a variant of instill.
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How to use instil in a sentence
Jennie kept his parliamentary vestments for her son, apparently instilling in Winston the sense that he would be a leader.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain | Tim Teeman | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He oversaw a brutal regime, aimed at instilling respect, deference and acceptance of duty into the princes.
They credit him with instilling small-d democratic principles that guide their lives today.George McGovern, Democratic Icon and Former Presidential Candidate, Dies at Age 90 | Eleanor Clift | October 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
McCain would be calling the president out, by instilling reform that Obama only talks about.
Little by little we must try and see what we can do towards instilling that idea into the mind of Monsieur Douaille.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo | E. Phillips Oppenheim
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.
Everything to forefend against a day of stress or trial had been done, even to instilling courage into youthful hearts.Wells Brothers | Andy Adams
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
One of the first requisites seems to be instilling into his mind a knowledge of God and His attributes.South and South Central Africa | H. Frances Davidson
British Dictionary definitions for instil
to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
rare to pour in or inject in drops
- instiller, noun
- instilment, US instillment or instillation, noun
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