Definition of Instill

1. Verb. Impart gradually. "Transfuse love of music into the students"

Exact synonyms: Transfuse
Generic synonyms: Add, Bestow, Bring, Contribute, Impart, Lend
Specialized synonyms: Breathe



2. Verb. Enter drop by drop. "Instill medication into my eye"
Exact synonyms: Instil
Generic synonyms: Enter, Infix, Insert, Introduce
Derivative terms: Instilment, Instillation, Instillation, Instillator, Instillment

3. Verb. Produce or try to produce a vivid impression of. "Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us"
Exact synonyms: Impress, Ingrain
Generic synonyms: Affect, Impress, Move, Strike
Derivative terms: Impressive, Instilling

4. Verb. Teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions. "Inculcate values into the young generation"
Exact synonyms: Inculcate, Infuse
Generic synonyms: Drill
Specialized synonyms: Din
Derivative terms: Inculcation, Instilling

5. Verb. Fill, as with a certain quality. "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"
Exact synonyms: Impregnate, Infuse, Tincture
Generic synonyms: Fill, Fill Up, Make Full
Derivative terms: Infusion

Definition of Instill

1. v. t. To drop in; to pour in drop by drop; hence, to impart gradually; to infuse slowly; to cause to be imbibed.

Definition of Instill

1. Verb. To cause a quality to become part of someone's nature. ¹

2. Verb. To pour in (medicine, for example) drop by drop. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Instill

1. to infuse slowly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Instill

1. To drop in; to pour in drop by drop; hence, to impart gradually; to infuse slowly; to cause to be imbibed. Synonym: To infuse, impart, inspire, implant, inculcate, insinuate. Origin: L. Instillare = to drop, instillatum; fr. Stilla a drop: cf. F. Instiller. (27 Oct 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Instill

insteps
instigant
instigate
instigated
instigates
instigating
instigatingly
instigation
instigations
instigative
instigator
instigators
instigatour
instigatrix
instil
instill (current term)
instillation
instillations
instillator
instilled
instiller
instillers
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instillments
instills
instilment
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instimulate
instimulated

Literary usage of Instill

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"... whilst the host were arming through the camp, Ambrosia sweet and nectar on the lips Of the great fleetfoot hero she instill'd, Lest hunger should assail ..."

2. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"—Lat. i«, upon; and salire, lo leap. See Salient. Der. instill, sb. = OF ¡mult, 'an affront,' Cot.; insuli-i', ..."

3. Literary News by L. Pylodet, Augusta Harriet (Garrigue) Leypoldt (1901)
"IN these days when the production of the historical novel is unlimited by numbers or quality, it is a distinct triumph to instill originality into a book of ..."

4. The Library Magazine (1887)
"... the result of frequently repented attempts would be to instill a delicacy of manipulation invaluable for the great majority of occupations wherein the ..."

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