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inculcate, introduce; insinuate; infuse slowly into the mind or feelings: instill a sense of fairness in a child
Not to be confused with:
install – invest, instate, place in position; connect for use: install an air conditioner; induct into office with ceremonies: install a new president
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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.
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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.
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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
they instilled
Present Continuous
I am instilling
you are instilling
he/she/it is instilling
we are instilling
you are instilling
they are instilling
Present Perfect
I have instilled
you have instilled
he/she/it has instilled
we have instilled
you have instilled
they have instilled
Past Continuous
I was instilling
you were instilling
he/she/it was instilling
we were instilling
you were instilling
they were instilling
Past Perfect
I had instilled
you had instilled
he/she/it had instilled
we had instilled
you had instilled
they had instilled
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
they will have instilled
Future Continuous
I will be instilling
you will be instilling
he/she/it will be instilling
we will be instilling
you will be instilling
they will be instilling
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
they would instill
Past Conditional
I would have instilled
you would have instilled
he/she/it would have instilled
we would have instilled
you would have instilled
they would have instilled
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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"
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also instil
To fix (an idea, for example) in someone's mind by reemphasis and repetition:
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"And I have instilled principles into him too," cries Square.
The Wild Sow, whom you see daily digging up the earth, wishes to uproot the oak, so she may on its fall seize our families as food for her young." Having thus frightened the Eagle out of her senses, she crept down to the cave of the Sow, and said, "Your children are in great danger; for as soon as you go out with your litter to find food, the Eagle is prepared to pounce upon one of your little pigs." Having instilled these fears into the Sow, she went and pretended to hide herself in the hollow of the tree.
No one had instilled into him this love for Pierre whom he saw only occasionally.
And, however much it was instilled into the princess that in our times young people ought to arrange their lives for themselves, she was unable to believe it, just as she would have been unable to believe that, at any time whatever, the most suitable playthings for children five years old ought to be loaded pistols.
Then the practical common sense that had been instilled into her from her earliest consciousness, even as it had been instilled into Martin, reasserted itself.
As she ceased talking a new element was instilled into the conflict.
But soon my trials in this quarter came to a close--sooner than I either expected or desired; for one sweet evening towards the close of May, as I was rejoicing in the near approach of the holidays, and congratulating myself upon having made some progress with my pupils (as far as their learning went, at least, for I HAD instilled SOMETHING into their heads, and I had, at length, brought them to be a little--a very little--more rational about getting their lessons done in time to leave some space for recreation, instead of tormenting themselves and me all day long to no purpose), Mrs.
His childhood's sense of superiority, instilled into him by the favours of old Mr.
"What Klopp has instilled into this team is no excuses.
What must be instilled in the young ones is the importance of self-discipline.
The chairman promised to ensure that democratic values are instilled in political parties.
The fence, which was completed in two months, remains an evidence of Kuwait's history and is still instilled in the memories of Kuwaitis.