Definition of instil in English:

instil

Line breaks: in¦stil
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈstɪl
 
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(also instill)

verb (instils, instilling, instilled)

[with object]
1Gradually but firmly establish (an idea or attitude) in a person’s mind: the standards her parents had instilled into her
More example sentences
  • A strong nationalist belief was instilled in each and every member of the family.
  • We know how much, for instance, racism is instilled in people's minds to create divisions.
  • It is vital to instill an attitude of fitness at a young age.
Synonyms
inculcate, implant, fix, ingrain, infuse, impress, imprint, introduce; engender, produce, generate, induce, inspire, promote, foster; hammer into, drum into, drive into, drill into, din intoimbue, inspire, infuse, inculcate; brainwash, indoctrinate; teach
2Put (a substance) into something in the form of liquid drops: she was told how to instil eye drops
More example sentences
  • The drops are instilled to locally anesthetize the surgical eye and reduce the blink reflex in both eyes.
  • The circulating nurse instills tetracaine hydrochloride drops to decrease the burning sensation of the diluted povidone-iodine solution.
  • Fluid is instilled around the veins, and they are then illuminated from beneath the skin with a powerful light source.
Synonyms
administer, introduce, add gradually, infuse, inject

Origin

late Middle English (in sense 2): from Latin instillare, from in- 'into' + stillare 'to drop' (from stilla 'a drop').

Derivatives

instillation

Pronunciation: /-ˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
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  • From Wingate, Dayan learned the importance of surprise, cunning, compassion and the instillation of fear.
  • To quantitate the magnitude of neutrophilic lung inflammation, we investigated the cellular profile of BAL fluid of the lungs 24 hours after the intratracheal instillations.
  • In 20 healthy volunteers one dose of a 1-percent forskolin solution had no effect, whereas two instillations five minutes apart led to significant decreases in IOP and aqueous flow rate.

instilment

noun
More example sentences
  • Goals include approval and instilment of general principles for professional ethics in fields of traditional and folk medicine and healing.

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