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instill

[in-stil]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to infuse slowly or gradually into the mind or feelings; insinuate; inject: to instill courtesy in a child.
  2. to put in drop by drop.
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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)
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1. inculcate, introduce.
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instill

v.

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.

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instill

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