[ in-stil ]
See synonyms for: instilinstilledinstilling on

verb (used with object),in·stilled, in·stil·ling.
  1. Chiefly British. a variant of instill. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use instil in a sentence

  • 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


US instill

/ (ɪnˈstɪl) /

verb-stils, -stills, -stilling or -stilled (tr)
  1. to introduce gradually; implant or infuse

  2. rare to pour in or inject in drops

Origin of instil

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

Derived forms of instil

  • instiller, noun
  • instilment, US instillment or instillation, noun

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