instill

[ in-stil ]
/ ɪnˈstɪl /

verb (used with object), in·stilled, in·stil·ling.

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

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Also especially British, in·stil .

Origin of instill

First recorded in 1525–35; from Latin instillāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + stillāre “to drip”; see distill

OTHER WORDS FROM instill

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH instill

install, instill
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Medical definitions for instill

instill
[ ĭn-stĭl ]

v.

To pour in drop by drop.

Other words from instill

in′stil•lation (ĭn′stə-lāshən) n.
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