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Meaning of INSTILL

Pronunciation:  in'stil

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  fill, as with a certain quality; "The heavy traffic tinctures the air with carbon monoxide"
  2. [v]  teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions
  3. [v]  make a deep and indelible impression on someone
  4. [v]  enter drop by drop, as of medication into an eye
  5. [v]  impart gradually; "Her presence instilled faith into the children"; "transfuse love of music into the students"

INSTILL is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: impregnate, impress, inculcate, infuse, infuse, ingrain, instil, tincture, transfuse
 See Also: add, affect, bestow, breathe, bring, contribute, din, drill, enter, fill, fill up, impart, infix, insert, introduce, lend, make full, move, strike



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*still"\, v. 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}.]
To drop in; to pour in drop by drop; hence, to impart
gradually; to infuse slowly; to cause to be imbibed.

      That starlight dews All silently their tears of love
      instill.                                 --Byron.

      How hast thou instilled Thy malice into thousands.

Syn: To infuse; impart; inspire; implant; inculcate;

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