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Webster 1913 Edition


Instill

In-still′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Instilled
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Instilling
.]
[L.
instillare
,
instillatum
; pref.
in-
in +
stillare
to drop, fr.
stilla
a drop: cf. F.
instiller
. See
Distill
.]
[Written also
instil
.]
1.
To drop in; to pour in drop by drop.
That starlight dews
All silently their tears of love
instill
.
Byron.
Syn. – To infuse; impart; inspire; implant; inculcate; insinuate.

Webster 1828 Edition


Instill

INSTILL'

,
Verb.
T.
[L. instillo; in and stillo, to drop.]
1.
To infuse by drops.
2.
To infuse slowly, or by small quantities; as, to instill good principles into the mind.

Definition 2023


instill

instill

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Verb

instill (third-person singular simple present instills, present participle instilling, simple past and past participle instilled)

  1. To cause a quality to become part of someone's nature.
    It is important to instill discipline in a child at an early age.
  2. To pour in (medicine, for example) drop by drop.

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