- 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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1. inculcate, introduce.
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Examples from the Web for instilling
He oversaw a brutal regime, aimed at instilling respect, deference and acceptance of duty into the princes.Kate and William’s Royal Family Values
September 22, 2014
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
October 21, 2012
McCain would be calling the president out, by instilling reform that Obama only talks about.Bring Back That Wall!
December 16, 2009
He uses the Abbé even yet, for instilling all his notions into her mind.The Writings of Thomas Jefferson
This is a means of instilling a lot of energy into the gait.Touring Afoot
Claude Powell Fordyce
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
We had succeeded in instilling in them the iron discipline of duty which was to prove better than the discipline of fear.The Red Watch
J. A. Currie
- to introduce gradually; implant or infuse
- rare to pour in or inject in drops
C16: from Latin instillāre to pour in a drop at a time, from stillāre to drip
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Word Origin and History for instilling
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To pour in drop by drop.
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