instill (v.) also instil, early 15c., "to introduce (liquid, feelings, etc.) little by little," from L. instillare "put in by drops, to drop, trickle," from in- "in" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (2)) + stilla "a drop" (see DISTILL (Cf. distill)). Related: Instilled; instilling.

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  • Instill — In*still , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instilled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Instilling}.] [L. instillare, instillatum; pref. in in + stillare to drop, fr. stilla a drop: cf. F. instiller. See {Distill}.] [Written also {instil}.] 1. To drop in; to pour in drop… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • instill — I verb direct, educate, familiarize with, ground, guide, impart, impart gradually, implant, impress upon the mind, inculcate, indoctrinate, infix, inform, infuse, inject, instillare, instruct, prepare, propagandize, qualify, school, teach, train …   Law dictionary

  • instill — inculcate, *implant Analogous words: *infuse, inoculate, imbue, ingrain, leaven: impregnate, *permeate, saturate, pervade, impenetrate, interpenetrate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • instill — [v] implant, introduce brainwash*, catechize, diffuse, disseminate, engender, engraft, force in, imbue, impart, impregnate, impress, inculcate, indoctrinate, infiltrate, infix, infuse, inject, inoculate, inseminate, insert, insinuate, inspire,… …   New thesaurus

  • instill — or instil [in stil′] vt. instilled, instilling [MFr instiller < L instillare < in , in + stillare, to drop < stilla, a drop] 1. to put in drop by drop 2. to put (an idea, principle, feeling, etc.) in or into little by little; impart… …   English World dictionary

  • instill — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Latin instillare, from in + stillare to drip, from stilla drop Date: 15th century 1. to cause to enter drop by drop < instill medication into the infected eye > 2. to impart gradually < instilling a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • instill — instiller, n. instillment, n. /in stil /, v.t. 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. [1525 35; < L instillare, equiv. to in IN 2 + stillare to… …   Universalium

  • instill — verb /ɪnˈstɪl/ a) To cause a quality to become part of someones nature. It is important to instill discipline in a child at an early age. b) To pour in (medicine, for example) drop by drop …   Wiktionary

  • instill — instillation * * * in·still in stil vt, in·stilled; in·still·ing to cause to enter esp. drop by drop <instill medication into the infected eye> …   Medical dictionary

  • instill — in|still [ ın stıl ] verb transitive to make someone have a particular feeling or belief: instill something in someone: His parents had instilled a lasting love of music in him …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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