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in·stillalso 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.
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]
Past participle: instilled
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|Verb||1.||instill - 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"|
|3.||instill - produce or try to produce a vivid impression of; "Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us"|
|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"|