- The definition of instill is to gradually and persistently introduce an idea or principle to a person.
When parents teach their children good morals and values, this is an example of instill.
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also in·stiltransitive verb in·stilled, in·still·ing, in·stills also in·stils
- To introduce by gradual, persistent efforts; implant: “Morality . . . may be instilled into their minds” (Thomas Jefferson).
- To pour in (medicine, for example) drop by drop.
Origin: Middle English instillen, from Latin īnstīllāre : in-, into; see in-2 + stīllāre, to drip, drop (from stīlla, drop).
- inˌstil·laˈtion noun
- in·stillˈer noun
- in·stillˈment noun
instill - Medical Definition
- instillation noun