- 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.
instill definition by Webster's New World
instill definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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