[ in-stil ]
/ ɪnˈstɪl /

verb (used with object)

to infuse slowly or gradually into the mind or feelings; insinuate; inject: to instill courtesy in a child.
to put in drop by drop.

Nearby words

  1. instigant,
  2. instigate,
  3. instigation,
  4. instigator,
  5. instil,
  6. instillation,
  7. instillator,
  8. instinct,
  9. instinctive,
  10. instinctively

Origin of instill

1525–35; < Latin instillāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + stillāre to drip; see distill

Related formsin·still·er, nounin·still·ment, nounpre·in·still, verb (used with object)

Can be confusedinstall instill Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Word Origin and History for instillment



also instil, early 15c., "to introduce (liquid, feelings, etc.) little by little," from Latin instillare "put in by drops, to drop, trickle," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + stilla "a drop" (see distill). Related: Instilled; instilling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for instillment


[ ĭn-stĭl ]


To pour in drop by drop.
Related formsin′stil•lation (ĭn′stə-lāshən) n.

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