Instill Definition

instilled, instilling, instills, instils
instilled, instilling, instills
To introduce by gradual, persistent efforts; implant.
American Heritage
To put in drop by drop.
Webster's New World
To put (an idea, principle, feeling, etc.) in or into little by little; impart gradually.
Webster's New World
To cause a quality to become part of someone's nature.
It is important to instill discipline in a child at an early age.

Origin of Instill

  • Middle English instillen from Latin īnstīllāre in- into in–2 stīllāre to drip, drop (from stīlla drop)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin īnstillō.

    From Wiktionary

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