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Definition of "instill" []

  • To introduce by gradual, persistent efforts; implant: "Morality . . . may be instilled into their minds” ( Thomas Jefferson). (verb-transitive)
  • To pour in (medicine, for example) drop by drop. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "instill" in a sentence
  • "Explainer "quoted a line from the Quran in translation along with a note explaining that the word instill was misspelled in the original."
  • "Because, you know what, I think your parents kind of instill that in you."
  • "To do that, he needs to find a talented performer who has a sound work ethic, which he said is something he wants to "instill" in the competition."