Definition of instil in English:

instil

(also instill)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Gradually but firmly establish (an idea or attitude) in a person's mind.

    ‘the standards her parents had instilled into her’
    • ‘Individual effort can lead to success in North America and this view is more instilled in people than it is in Europe.’
    • ‘Hunger, passion and pride are instilled in this team but they have not got to an All Ireland final on appetite alone.’
    • ‘They would have all remained mere installations though if life hadn't been suddenly instilled into them.’
    • ‘A determination to overcome long odds was instilled in Whittle at an early age.’
    • ‘The coach's first task was to instil belief in her abilities.’
    • ‘We know how much, for instance, racism is instilled in people's minds to create divisions.’
    • ‘A strong nationalist belief was instilled in each and every member of the family.’
    • ‘It is vital to instill an attitude of fitness at a young age.’
    • ‘It's down to instilling the right beliefs in people so they see the attractions of the jobs market.’
    • ‘Fight to the death is instilled in the soldiers more than ever before.’
    • ‘It was a phrase that had been instilled in them since they could remember.’
    • ‘Sounds great, but the reality of the public's actions proves that the message has not been instilled in any meaningful way.’
    • ‘Bresson instills this notion of transmutation in the core of the film.’
    • ‘I think it frustrates adults when they cannot instill their ideas into teens.’
    • ‘Despite the debates over the years, a majority of Americans view public schools as a proper venue for instilling religious beliefs.’
    • ‘We believe that this directly relates to reality programming that has been instilled in our race since its conception.’
    • ‘What sense of identity is instilled in young Christians and young Muslims in our churches and mosques?’
    • ‘The full moon instilling some notion of romanticism in the minds of the stupid humans.’
    • ‘Self-confidence must be instilled in the child from an early age.’
    • ‘It was intended to be a horizon altering and opening experience that instilled the anthropological attitude.’
    inculcate, implant, fix, ingrain, infuse, impress, imprint, introduce
    imbue, inspire, infuse, inculcate
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  • 2Put (a substance) into something in the form of liquid drops.

    ‘she was told how to instil eye drops’
    • ‘Fallopian tube patency can be confirmed by detecting an enhanced signal after instilling microbubbles into the uterine cavity.’
    • ‘The amount of fluid drained should equal or exceed the amount instilled.’
    • ‘Appropriate position can be checked by aspirating through the needle used for instilling the local anesthetic.’
    • ‘The saline is instilled and circulated using a small hysteroscope and a delivery system.’
    • ‘The circulating nurse instills tetracaine hydrochloride drops to decrease the burning sensation of the diluted povidone-iodine solution.’
    • ‘Topical anesthesia is administered by instilling anesthetic drops into the eye.’
    • ‘The surgeon also instills fluid into the joint to provide joint capsular distension and achieve the desired 1-cm joint opening.’
    • ‘The surgeon depresses the trumpet valve to instill and remove the fluid and air from the balloon.’
    • ‘When patients first instil pilocarpine they often experience a brow ache, which tends to reduce with longer term use of the drug.’
    • ‘The nurse places ECG patches on the patient's chest to monitor cardiac rhythm and instills dilating eye drops in the surgical eye.’
    • ‘In group 2, the subjects had no solution instilled for the entire time they were intubated.’
    • ‘A simple method is to instill a measured amount of saline to infer the volume of the wound.’
    • ‘To instill acid or saline in the lung, we introduced a cannula via a tracheotomy.’
    • ‘Nasal lavage samples were collected at randomization and at the end of the treatment period by instilling sterile saline into each nostril and then aspirating the lavage fluid.’
    • ‘Fluid is instilled around the veins, and they are then illuminated from beneath the skin with a powerful light source.’
    • ‘Open the clamp and irrigate with heparin, clamping the catheter as the last of heparin is instilled.’
    • ‘After attaching the syringe filled with lidocaine to the Pipelle, he slowly instills the anesthetic.’
    • ‘A patient attending for day case cataract surgery had phenol drops instilled into the right eye instead of bupivacaine local anaesthetic.’
    • ‘During his stay, his stomal deodorant drops were inadvertently instilled into both eyes instead of topical glaucoma treatment.’
    • ‘The drops are instilled to locally anesthetize the surgical eye and reduce the blink reflex in both eyes.’
    administer, introduce, add gradually, infuse, inject
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Origin

Late Middle English (in instil (sense 2)): from Latin instillare, from in- ‘into’ + stillare ‘to drop’ (from stilla ‘a drop’).

Pronunciation

instil

/ɪnˈstɪl/