Instill meaning

ĭn-stĭl
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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To put in drop by drop.
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To put (an idea, principle, feeling, etc.) in or into little by little; impart gradually.
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To pour in (medicine, for example) drop by drop.
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To cause a quality to become part of someone's nature.

It is important to instill discipline in a child at an early age.

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To pour in (medicine, for example) drop by drop.
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To introduce by gradual, persistent efforts; implant.
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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