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also in·stil  (ĭn-stĭl′)
tr.v. in·stilled, in·still·ing, in·stills also in·stils
1. To introduce by gradual, persistent efforts; implant: "Morality ... may be instilled into their minds" (Thomas Jefferson).
2. To pour in (medicine, for example) drop by drop.

[Middle English instillen, from Latin īnstīllāre : in-, into; see in-2 + stīllāre, to drip, drop (from stīlla, drop).]

in′stil·la′tion (ĭn′stə-lā′shən) n.
in·still′er n.
in·still′ment n.


or in•stil


v.t. -stilled, -still•ing or -stil•ling.
1. to infuse slowly or gradually: to instill courtesy in a child.
2. to put in drop by drop.
[1525–35; < Latin instillāre=in- in-2 + stillāre to drip]
in`stil•la′tion, n.
in•still′er, n.
in•still′ment, n.


Past participle: instilled
Gerund: instilling

I instill
you instill
he/she/it instills
we instill
you instill
they instill
I instilled
you instilled
he/she/it instilled
we instilled
you instilled
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Present Continuous
I am instilling
you are instilling
he/she/it is instilling
we are instilling
you are instilling
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Present Perfect
I have instilled
you have instilled
he/she/it has instilled
we have instilled
you have instilled
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Past Continuous
I was instilling
you were instilling
he/she/it was instilling
we were instilling
you were instilling
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Past Perfect
I had instilled
you had instilled
he/she/it had instilled
we had instilled
you had instilled
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I will instill
you will instill
he/she/it will instill
we will instill
you will instill
they will instill
Future Perfect
I will have instilled
you will have instilled
he/she/it will have instilled
we will have instilled
you will have instilled
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Future Continuous
I will be instilling
you will be instilling
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you will be instilling
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been instilling
you have been instilling
he/she/it has been instilling
we have been instilling
you have been instilling
they have been instilling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been instilling
you will have been instilling
he/she/it will have been instilling
we will have been instilling
you will have been instilling
they will have been instilling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been instilling
you had been instilling
he/she/it had been instilling
we had been instilling
you had been instilling
they had been instilling
I would instill
you would instill
he/she/it would instill
we would instill
you would instill
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Past Conditional
I would have instilled
you would have instilled
he/she/it would have instilled
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you would have instilled
they would have instilled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.instill - impart graduallyinstill - impart gradually; "Her presence instilled faith into the children"; "transfuse love of music into the students"
contribute, lend, impart, add, bestow, bring - bestow a quality on; "Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds a light note to the program"
breathe - impart as if by breathing; "He breathed new life into the old house"
2.instill - enter drop by drop; "instill medication into my eye"
infix, insert, introduce, enter - put or introduce into something; "insert a picture into the text"
3.instill - produce or try to produce a vivid impression of; "Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us"
impress, strike, affect, move - have an emotional or cognitive impact upon; "This child impressed me as unusually mature"; "This behavior struck me as odd"
4.instill - teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; "inculcate values into the young generation"
drill - teach by repetition
din - instill (into a person) by constant repetition; "he dinned the lessons into his students"
5.instill - fill, as with a certain quality; "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"
fill, fill up, make full - make full, also in a metaphorical sense; "fill a container"; "fill the child with pride"


also instil
To fix (an idea, for example) in someone's mind by reemphasis and repetition:
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