1 impart gradually; "Her presence instilled faith into the children"; "transfuse love of music into the students" [syn: transfuse]
2 enter drop by drop; "instill medication into my eye" [syn: instil]
3 produce or try to produce a vivid impression of; "Mother tried to ingrain respect for our elders in us" [syn: impress, ingrain]
4 teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; "inculcate values into the young generation" [syn: inculcate, infuse]
5 fill, as with a certain quality; "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide" [syn: impregnate, infuse, tincture]
- instil UK
- /ɪnˈstɪl/, /In"stIl/
- Rhymes with: -ɪl
- To cause a quality to become part of someone's nature.
- It is important to instill discipline in a child at an early age.
To cause a quality to become part of someone's nature
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