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 herMore 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.
- 2Put (a substance) into something in the form of liquid drops: she was told how to instil eye dropsMore 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.
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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.
late Middle English (in sense 2): from Latin instillare, from in- 'into' + stillare 'to drop' (from stilla 'a drop').